30 November 2022

Posts Tagged ‘turkey vulture’

Back on the Block

Thursday, September 29th, 2022
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 September 2022.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Had appointments this morning, my return hike to Beech Hill with dog didn’t happen until late morning. Didn’t expect too many bird species; didn’t encounter too many. However, I encountered a lot of birds.

Mainly that’s because of the numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers. (I settled on 30 individuals, but I believe that’s rather low.) Also had at least a dozen White-throated Sparrows—probably more like sixteen. And a goodly number of chickadees.

In just the five days were were on Monhegan, the color of the landscape has changed—much more yellowish, with reds in the fringes. It’s happening.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 11:14 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Cardinal** (v)
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. American Crow
5. Hermit Thrush
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
9. Gray Catbird (v)
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. American Robin (v)
13. Song Sparrow
14. Turkey Vulture
15. American Goldfinch (v)
16. Tufted Titmouse** (v)


Eastern Chipmunk

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


Chilly Morning

Thursday, September 15th, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 September 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

A chilly morning (low 50s (F)), a cloudless morning (other than a line of clouds far out in the bay), with a stout gusty breeze. I had no expectations, but I thought of the possibility of some interesting migrating birds.

As it happened, there were birds of interest—notably a random Blackpoll Warbler up in the greenery between the woods and open fields—but mostly the usual suspects. Along with a couple “big birds” in flight (Turkey Vulture and Common Raven).

Blackpoll Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 September 2022.
Blackpoll Warbler.

Twenty-four species, though not many numbers of each. Those numbers will increase, though. Looking forward to it.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:37 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse
2. Northern Flicker
3. Cedar Waxwing
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Gray Catbird
7. American Crow*
8. Blackpoll Warbler
9. Hermit Thrush
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. American Goldfinch (v)
14. Eastern Phoebe
15. Song Sparrow
16. Savannah Sparrow
17. Eastern Bluebird
18. Common Raven
19. American Robin
20. Turkey Vulture
21. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
22. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Downy Woodpecker (v)
24. Brown Creeper (v)


25. Carolina Wren (v)
26. Herring Gull


Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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


Coiling Up

Monday, September 12th, 2022
Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 February 2022.
Common Yellowthroat.

The forecast called for a morning overcast, and there were clouds—but there was also sun. And birds. Things are coiling up like a spring, awaiting the sweet release of fall migration.

Notable: a Cooper’s Hawk, a pair of sharpies, three species of corvid, vultures, and a gang of four Red Crossbills atop the summit spruce grove.

Supposed to rain tomorrow, but not early, so a morning hike it will be.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:49 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay** (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. American Robin (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Gray Catbird**
9. Common Yellowthroat
10. American Goldfinch
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Purple Finch (v)
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Sharp-shinned Hawk
17. Common Raven (v)
18. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
19. Eastern Phoebe
20. Herring Gull*
21. Turkey Vulture
22. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
23. Savannah Sparrow
24. Red Crossbill
25. Cedar Waxwing


25. Mourning Dove


Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

(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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