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Sharpie

Sunday, September 24th, 2023
Sharp-shinned Hawk (imm.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 September 2023.
Sharp-shinned Hawk (imm.).

It was a cool and overcast morning, a kind of weather I truly love to hike in. Something about that layer of clouds above makes me feel safe, like a soft, protective ceiling. And Captain Jack, with his thick fur coat, liked the coolness.

Yesterday’s wayward solo lark appeared again. So did at least one raven—and, most surprisingly, a Sharp-shinned Hawk. I heard a jay first, just ahead of us around a leafy corner, then the hawk. It’s bright rapid cries made me stop in my tracks. I peaked around the leafy corner, and danged if the bird didn’t allow me a decent photo.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:08 a.m. EST (8:08 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Gray Catbird (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Common Yellowthroat (v)
6. Song Sparrow
7. Blue Jay**
8. Horned Lark
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Common Raven
12. American Goldfinch**
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
15. Sharp-shinned Hawk
16. American Robin (v)
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

19. Mourning Dove
20. Herring Gull
21. Northern Cardinal (v)
22. White-throated Sparrow (v)
23. Eastern Bluebird

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

Poser

Thursday, September 7th, 2023
Hairy Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 September 2023.
Hairy Woodpecker.

Yet another warm, humid morning—albeit not quite as warm or humid as the past couple of days. Many more species than yesterday, including a few raptors, among them a first harrier since last spring (sign of early migration).

Several species posed for photos, too, but my favorite happened to be a woodpecker who posed for the last photo I took this day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:15 a.m. EST (8:15 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Gray Catbird (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Hermit Thrush
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. American Goldfinch** (v)
15. Northern Harrier
16. Osprey*
17. Sharp-shinned Hawk
18. Song Sparrow
19. Broad-winged Hawk
20. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

21. Herring Gull
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Mourning Dove
24. Mallard

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

Revving Up

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023
Sharp-shinned Hawks, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 August 2023.
Sharp-shinned Hawks.

It was a cool one, this morning. I hesitate to say I smelled a whiff of fall, considering autumn’s still a month away, but the weather conditions weren’t the only signs of the changing seasons. A number of migratory birds seemed to be revving up for a journey.

A pair of sharpies, for instance, circling in the cloudless sky, the smaller male occasionally charging at the larger female. Vultures also circled overhead. And in the woods tiny warblers chased and flitted nervously.

“Time doth flit,” wrote Dorothy Parker. It won’t be long, I suppose.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:06 a.m. EST (8:06 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Gray Catbird**
3. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. American Robin
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. American Crow*
14. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
18. Cedar Waxwing
19. Sharp-shinned Hawk
20. Song Sparrow
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Turkey Vulture
24. Common Yellowthroat

Elsewhere

25. Mourning Dove
26. Wild Turkey
27. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

 
Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson



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