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The Owl Persists

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Snowy Owl, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 April 2019.
Snowy Owl.

Foggy again early, but it burned off into an overcast pretty quickly. Hit the hill with Jack and right away started listing birds. A lot of birds. Had nearly a score before we reached the summit.

Palm Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 April 2019.
Palm Warbler.

One of those was quite apparent: a Snowy Owl, a male far down the eastern slope. Hard to miss the little white snowman against the snowless landscape. I feel sure this was the same bird I saw two days ago—and likely the bird the crows were mobbing in the fog yesterday, after all—but he looked a lot dryer and happier.

Had a lot of interesting birds, including a first singing Savannah Sparrow and a first-of-year Brown Thrasher (which I heard before spotting). Another towhee, but still no glimpse. Bluebirds and Tree Swallows and yellow-rumps and Palm Warblers.

All in all a wondrous hour’s walk this morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail (and then some).

1. Song Sparrow**
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. White-throated Sparrow (v)
4. Purple Finch (v)
5. Brown-headed Cowbird
6. American Robin (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Northern Cardinal** (v)
9. Eastern Phoebe**
10. Tufted Titmouse
11. Black-capped Chickadee**
12. Chipping Sparrow**
13. Field Sparrow
14. Blue Jay** (v)
15. Northern Flicker (v)
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17. Herring Gull* (v)
18. American Crow*
19. Common Raven (v)
20. Palm Warbler
21. Tree Swallow
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Snowy Owl
24. Eastern Towhee (v)
25. American Kestrel
26. Brown Thrasher†
27. Double-crested Cormorant
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
30. Pileated Woodpecker


31. House Finch (v)
32. Mourning Dove
33. House Sparrow (v)
34. European Starling
35. Common Grackle
36. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

April Snowy

Saturday, April 20th, 2019
Snowy Owl (male) in the fog, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 April 2019.
Snowy Owl (male) in the fog.

Rain and wind this morning. Couldn’t find a break in the green on the weather radar, so Jack and I just headed up in it. Lots of fog on the hill blowing by in the southwest wind.

A few birds nonetheless—including a first-of-year towhee—but toward the end of our hike, when I heard a few crows mobbing something in the barrens over a little rise.

“I wonder if it’s a Snowy Owl,” I said to Jack.

And guess what? It was.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Song Sparrow*
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. Eastern Towhee† (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe
5. American Crow*
6. American Robin (v)
7. Northern Cardinal (v)
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)
10. Snowy Owl


11. Herring Gull
12. Brown-headed Cowbird

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

†First-of-year bird

First Owl

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Glimpse of Snowy Owl, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 February 2019.
Glimpse of Snowy Owl.
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 February 2019.
February bluebird.

A rather typical morning for February—nippy, breezy, bright. ice grips on. Quite a few little birds at the parking lot, along with crows and ravens.

At the summit, I spied a crow cawing rather near the hut, down the eastern slope a bit, and wondered if it might be alerting to a fox or something. The voice seemed growly and deliberate. Alas, I got fixated on the crow itself, and not until I got near enough to spook it into flight did I also spook my first Snowy Owl of the season. Got photographic proof, at least

Later, a pair of bluebirds flew into the leafless crown of a trailside birch tree.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Tufted Titmouse* (v)
4. Common Raven
5. Snowy Owl
6. Downy Woodpecker
7. Eastern Bluebird


8. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
9. 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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