26 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘snow bunting’

Winter Thrushes

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
Eastern Bluebird (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 March 2019.
Eastern Bluebird (female).
Two robins, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 March 2019.
Two robins.

Nippy again but calm this morning. Lots of birds out first thing. On my early hike with dog in the blazing sun, we encountered a vulture, a Snow Bunting, assorted other species—including a whole bunch of thrushes.

Specifically, robins and bluebirds. I.e., the usual winter thrushes. And welcome they are on this last full day of the season.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
2. American crow*
3. Mourning Dove** (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Snow Bunting
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Herring Gull*
8. Turkey Vulture
9. Northern Cardinal** (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee*

Elsewhere

11. Purple Finch
12. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
13. Song Sparrow (v)
14. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
15. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
16. American Black Duck
17. Mallard
18. Rock Pigeon
19. American goldfinch

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Eastern Bluebird (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 March 2019.
Eastern Bluebird (male).

Buntings

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
Snow Buntings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 March 2019.
Snow Buntings.
Robin in the sumac, Rockport, Maine, 12 March 2019.
Robin in the sumac, Rockport, Maine, 12 March 2019.

Had a nice surprise on this morning’s bright, nippy hike: three Snow Buntings poking around on the barren near the trail. I’ve seen such behavior before—just not for three or four winters.

This morning before the hike, I saw flying turkeys and heard the call of a Pileated Woodpecker. And after the hike, I watched a robin dine on staghorn sumac drupes.

In all a lovely day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Herring Gull*
4. Snow Bunting
5. Eastern Bluebird (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. American Crow*

Elsewhere

8. Mourning Dove (v)
9. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
10. Wild Turkey
11. Rock Pigeon
12. American Robin

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Awakened by Turkeys

Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Morning chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 February 2019.
Morning chickadee.

For the second straight morning, I awakened to the gobbles of turkeys out my back window. Only this morning, thanks to yesterday’s big rains, Jack and I encountered an extremely icy hill. Neither of us fell down, though, so I count that as a successful hike.

Just three species there, but I saw them all. Only three others elsewhere, too—including the turkeys. Good enough for me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Crow*
3. Snow Bunting

Elsewhere

4. Wild Turkey (v)
5. Herring Gull
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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