3 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘song sparrow’

Possible Owl

Friday, November 11th, 2022
Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 November 2022.
Pileated Woodpecker.

I thought I saw an owl this morning. I feel pretty sure I did see an owl, in fact. A Barred Owl is my guess. But all I really saw was a hawk-sized brown bird float silently down between the (similarly brown) tree trunks along the trail I was hiking with Jack-my-dog. “Hawk!” was my first thought. But the broad-wings are gone—and at this season, what other hawk would decide to hang out among the trunks of a forested hillside?

Without a sure ID, of course, I couldn’t add the bird to my list today. Nor could I add two species with very different unfamiliar calls. I could add the woodcock we flushed, though. And a Pileated Woodpecker.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:10 a.m., I hiked all trails (and then some).

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay
4. American Crow*
5. Pileated Woodpecker
6. Pine Siskin (v)
7. American Woodcock
8. Song Sparrow
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. American Robin
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. Purple Finch (v)
13. Eastern Bluebird (v)


14. Northern Cardinal (v)
15. Wild Turkey

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


Unseasonably Warm

Sunday, November 6th, 2022
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 November 2022.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

This morning—our first in Standard Time—we hiked the trails at the usual hour, dog and I. Except the clock called it 7 o’clock instead of 8. [Don’t get me started on my feelings about ridiculously stupid DST!] The air was unseasonably warm and a little muggy, and the wind was high.

Few other folks up there at such an “early” hour. Few birds, too—thanks, I figure, to the winds. However, I managed a few photos and a dozen species on my list.

No harriers today, though.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:14 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Purple Finch (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. White-throated Sparrow
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. American Robin
11. Common Raven (v)
12. Song Sparrow


13. Herring Gull
14. Ring-billed Gull
15. Hairy Woodpecker

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


Drama in the Blue

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 November 2022.
Northern Harrier.
Cooper’s Hawk and raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 November 2022.
Cooper’s Hawk and raven.

The temperature had barely warmed into the 40s (F) by the time dog and I hit the hill this morning. A blue, blue sky, not much of a breeze, not a lot of bird sounds early on. But as we neared the summit, things began to get interesting.

En route up there I heard (then got a glimpse of) a flock of south-bound geese. Had a hermit thrush and a couple of woodpeckers. And that’s about the time a Northern Harrier appeared. The marsh hawk was (as is their habit) floating low above the barrens, seeking out a mouse or vole. And then I heard the guttural croak of a raven—the kind that almost sounds like the bubbling up of a deep gooey liquid.

Spied the raven, which was flying west above the hill. A Cooper’s Hawk appeared, and the two circled each other suspiciously. Then the harrier rose up to join the party, and all three birds circled and veered and dove and tried to avoid each other. Down here on terra firma, I couldn’t’ve been more excited at this display.

Twenty species today. Who’d’ve thunk it in the month of November?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:09 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Hermit Thrush
3. American Goldfinch
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Canada Goose
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. American Robin**
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Downy Woodpecker
12. Dark-eyed Junco
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Northern Harrier
15. Song Sparrow
16. Blue Jay (v)
17. Common Raven
18. Cooper’s Hawk
19. White-throated Sparrow
20. Brown Creeper (v)


21. Wild Turkey


Eastern Chipmunk
American Red Squirrel

(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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