31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘turkey vulture’

Wintry Temps

Monday, November 21st, 2022
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 November 2022.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Wore my winter coat this morning, ’cause the temperature was about 19° (F) and the winds were high. Fingers and lips got a bit number on the way up the hill—although Captain Jack seemed perfect comfortable—but on the way back down, with the wind at our backs, the air felt almost balmy.

Few birds again, but the buntings were still hanging out behind the hut. Also encountered a whole shoot-load of chickadees, quite a few yellow-rumps, etc.

Most notable? A pair of Turkey Vultures. (Did not expect that—especially not on such a chilly morn.) And back home, a bunch of plain ol’ turkeys. And coots at Chickawaukie Lake, and a vee of geese flying over Route 1.

The temperature’s supposed to rise a few degrees by morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:22 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Purple Finch (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Snow Bunting
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Turkey Vulture
8. Downy Woodpecker


9. American Coot
10. Double-crested Cormorant
11. Herring Gull
12. Canada Goose
13. Wild Turkey

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


Sweet Fall

Thursday, October 20th, 2022
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 October 2022.
Brown Creeper.

Autumn is my favorite season. Always has been. I also love the three other seasons—just not quite as much as fall. Especially here in Northern New England, on the 44th parallel, when the photoperiod changes noticeably throughout the year, and the weather is rich and varied.

This morning’s hike with dog was a chilly, breezy, sunny one. Few birds at first, but as the sun rose and the landscape warmed and the yellow-rumps bounced around in the brush and tree leaves, more species made an appearance. Vultures, a fish hawk, three kinds of sparrow, two thrushes, two corvids—and my little friend, the Brown Creeper.

Not sure why, but I really love Brown Creepers. And this one posed for me in a golden woodland. Thanks, little buddy.

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

1. Yellow-rumped Warbler
2. Eastern Bluebird (v)
3. American Robin*
4. American Crow**
5. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. White-throated Sparrow
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Savannah Sparrow
14. Blue Jay (v)
15. Turkey Vulture
16. Osprey
17. Purple Finch
18. Brown Creeper


19. Downy Woodpecker (v)

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


Big Birds

Sunday, October 16th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 October 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

I call ’em “big birds”—hawks and vultures and gulls and ravens and other large species that I see in the sky overhead. This morning’s fun hike with an old pal, for me and Jack, was a long but fun one. And it included several big birds.

Peregrine Falcon, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagles (three!), Red-shouldered Hawk, Osprey… The day began a bit foggy, cleared up, got warm and clear, and glowed with fall color. During tomorrow’s cloudiness, I’ll remember.

(Here’s a photo of a small bird: a lovely Hermit Thrush.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:03 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow**
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Northern Flicker
6. White-throated Sparrow
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
8. American Robin (v)
9. Eastern Towhee (v)
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Hermit Thrush
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. American Goldfinch (v)
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. Peregrine Falcon
16. Sharp-shinned Hawk
17. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
18. Hairy Woodpecker
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)
20. Osprey
21. Bald Eagle
22. Red-shouldered Hawk
23. Common Raven
24. Turkey Vulture


25. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

(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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