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Many Species

Friday, April 7th, 2023
Bald Eagle (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 April 2023.
Bald Eagle (juvie).

The sky was blue, the air was warm, the wind was high, the trail was dryer than it’s been in a while—and the overall feeling was one of spring.

And by golly, the birds showed up. A year-so-far record of 28 species, including eagles, a harrier, kestrels, a red-tail, a flushed grouse, three woodpecker species—I could go on and on.

The coming weeks will fly by, and then the months, yet I hope to slow myself down to soak ’em right up. (Also took my bike in for a tuneup.)

P.S. First deer tick today, too.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:27 a.m. real time (7:27 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee*
4. Brown Creeper (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Downy Woodpecker** (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse**
8. Red-winged Blackbird
9. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
10. American Goldfinch
11. Ruffed Grouse
12. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
13. American Robin*
14. Eastern Bluebird
15. Herring Gull*
16. Blue Jay (v)
17. Golden-crowned Kinglet
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Common Loon
20. American Kestrel
21. Turkey Vulture
22. Wild Turkey*
23. Eastern Phoebe** (v)
24. Bald Eagle
25. Red-tailed Hawk
26. Northern Harrier
27. Canada Goose
28. Snow Bunting

Elsewhere

29. Mallard

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

†First-of-year

Bunting Report

Sunday, April 2nd, 2023
SnoSnow Bunting, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 April 2023.Bunting, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 April 2023.
Snow Bunting.

The Snow Bunting was still hanging out at the summit of Beech Hill when dog and I hiked up there this morning. It’s a non-breeding male that perhaps lost track of his clan. But maybe not, what do I know?

Quite windy, very bright but with clouds flying by. Thirteen species, and the feel of true spring, and the promise of more first-of-year species to come.

Tomorrow’s supposed to be similar, but less windy. Lookin’ forward to it.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:47 a.m. real time (7:47 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse
2. American Goldfinch
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Crow
5. Brown Creeper
6. Herring Gull
7. Northern Flicker
8. American Robin
9. Snow Bunting
10. Song Sparrow
11. Blue Jay
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch
13. Red-winged Blackbird

Elsewhere

14. Mallard
15. Northern Cardinal
16. Wild Turkey

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

†First-of-year

Bunting, Cont’d.

Saturday, April 1st, 2023
Snow Bunting, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 April 2023.
Snow Bunting.

This morning couldn’t have been much more different than yesterday morning—foggy, drippy, a coat of fresh snow, no sun all day. However, the Snow Bunting was still up at the summit of Beech Hill

In fact, I was rather astounded to have a dozen birds on my list today—although I probably shouldn’t have been. It’s April after all.

Tomorrow will be windy and colder and brighter. Should be interesting.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:47 a.m. real time (7:47 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse**
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Hairy Woodpecker* (v)
6. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Black-capped Chickadee*
9. Herring Gull* (v)
10. Snow Bunting
11. American Robin** (v)
12. Eastern Bluebird (v)

Elsewhere

13. Mallard
14. Northern Cardinal

(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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