28 February 2024

Posts Tagged ‘white-tailed deer’

Chill and Breeze

Tuesday, September 26th, 2023
Turkey Vulture, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 September 2023.
Turkey Vulture.

I hiked the hill twice today—once with dog and a second time leading a friendly a birding group. What with the chill and breeze, not a lot of birds showed up—but both hikes were well worth it in this new young lovely fall.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:18 a.m. EST (8:18 DST) and again at 8:30 (9:30), I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Common Yellowthroat (v)
7. Eastern Towhee (v)
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

10. Mallard
11. Herring Gull

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

Nice Sightings

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023
White-tailed doe and fawn, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 September 2023.
White-tailed Deer (doe and fawn).

Cool and bright again this morning—but not quite so cool. In fact, the day warmed up pretty good by the time dog and I reached the summit. A noteworthy day, though, with a few nice sightings. Most noteworthy, perhaps was a whitetail doe and fawn that appeared in a little clearing far below us.

Bird-wise, also at the summit, I spotted my first yellow-rump since spring. and I spotted my first Nashville Warbler in months, down in the woodlands.

Sitting here this evening, I find myself wondering what tomorrow’s hike will bring.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:04 a.m. EST (8:04 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Northern Parula (v)
4. Gray Catbird**
5. Eastern Wood-pewee
6. American Goldfinch**
7. Nashville Warbler
8. Blue Jay** (v)
9. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
10. Brown Creeper (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Hairy Woodpecker
15. American Crow*
16. Song Sparrow
17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
18. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Common Yellowthroat (v)
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

23. Herring Gull
24. House Sparrow
25. Eastern Bluebird

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

Drippy Morn

Friday, August 18th, 2023
Eastern Towhee (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 August 2023.
Eastern Towhee (juvie).

Yesterday’s forecast called for showers. This morning’s called for an overcast. Reality proved a combination of each—foggy, misty, drippy. My hike with dog started out very quiet, but over time a few bird voices piped up, and then I caught sight of flittings in the understory, and eventually I heard the loud calls of two woodpecker species.

A highlight was a near approach by a white-tail, who must’ve sensed our presence a few yards away, so turned, galloped invisibly through the drippy tangles, giving out a couple of husky calls of alarm.

Photography turned out a challenging pursuit, so you’ll have to settle for a random pic of a juvenile delinquent towhee.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:09 a.m. EST (8:09 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. Song Sparrow
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Gray Catbird
5. Common Yellowthroat (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
8. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse
10. Black-throated Green Warbler
11. Eastern Wood-pewee
12. Blue Jay (v)
13. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
14. Downy Woodpecker (v)
15. American Crow*
16. Yellow Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

17. Mourning Dove
18. Herring Gull

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

 
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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