31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘snow bunting’

Icy Underfoot

Thursday, January 19th, 2023
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 January 2023.
Eastern Bluebird.

Warmish first thing, about freezing. Calmish also: no big breeze a-blowing on the hill. And birds about from the get-go—voices mostly.

Until we got to the summit, where the Snow Bunting pair were still hanging on on the roof of Beech Nut. Yesterday afternoon’s warm temperatures had melted a bunch of ice and snow from the southern exposures, revealing plenty of formerly iced-up seeds. This brought a bunch of bluebirds out (along with a couple yellow-rumps, which it seems follow the bluebirds).

Finally, I spied a pair of flickers.

The trails were seriously icy, though—and Jack’s toenails simply could gain the kind of purchase my spiky grips did. He slipped down onto his tummy a few times, which made me feel bad.

But we emerged unscathed for the most part. And with another lovely memory.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:07 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Brown Creeper (v)
7. Snow Bunting
8. Eastern Bluebird
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Common Raven
11. Northern Flicker


12. Herring Gull
13. Mallard
14. Rock Pigeon

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


A Fun One

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023
Snow Bunting (non-breeding female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 January 2023.
Snow Bunting (non-breeding female).

Not so chilly, not so breezy, and extremely beautiful skies this morning when dog and I hit the trail—early than in recent days. Seemed like it might prove interest, and it did.

First, when listening to chickadees in the woods to the right, I thought I saw some motion to the left of the trail, but when I looked around, saw nothing. A moment later I spied a Snowshoe Hare bounding away. That rabbit was within twelve feet of me, I bet, and I didn’t see it at all.

Next, toward the summit: bluebirds. Then a high flock of some kind of songbird whose voices I didn’t recognize right away—which (when I looked at my quick, blurry photos) turned out to be Evening Grosbeaks. Then, at the summit proper, more bluebirds and a pair of Snow Buntings. And hanging with both, a solitary Yellow-rumped Warbler. Fun!

A raven in flight over the open fields. The voice of a single robin, and a single woodpecker.

I’d do this day over again, if I could—but even better would be another fun one tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:02 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Eastern Bluebird
5. Evening Grosbeak
6. Snow Bunting
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. Common Raven
10. American Robin (v)
11. Downy Woodpecker (v)


12. White-breasted Nuthatch


Snowshoe Hare

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


The Wind

Sunday, January 15th, 2023
American Crow (amid fallen twigs), Rockport, Maine, 15 January 2023.
American Crow (amid fallen twigs).

Today was supposed to be windy, and it was. Also a tad below freezing when dog and I reached the main Beech Hill trailhead. Given the 20 mph–plus breezes, I didn’t expect many birds to show up—and few did. In fact, the only bird I actually saw up there was a crow flying too fast for a photo.

I was lucky to grab a crow photo at home later, but the antic atmosphere on the hill was pretty amazing. Can’t say I wasn’t a tad chilly, but it was a fun hike. (Captain Jack wasn’t cold at all.)

The real news is tomorrow’s weather, which is supposed to be about like today, but snowy. I’m kinda excited about it, tell you the truth. More anon!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:10 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Snow Bunting (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (1)
3. American Crow* (v)
4. Northern Cardinal**


5. Herring Gull

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


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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