5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘white-tailed deer’

Bluebirds

Friday, November 18th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 November 2022.
Eastern Bluebird.

A morning much like yesterday’s—a bit colder (20s (F)), not quite as breezy, perhaps a bit more overcast. Not as many bird species, but quite a few more individual birds.

The species with the most numbers: yellow-rumps. Goldfinches came in a close second. Also a bunch of chickadees. Three woodpecker species, several crows—and even a departing raven. But most noteworthy would be the bluebirds.

A little gang at the summit, perching, posing. Even a single individual way down by the wooded trailhead. Any day with bluebirds—even a nippy day in November—is a good ’un.

(Also notable: en route early, saw a handsome buck loping across a field.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:19 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. American Goldfinch
2. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Common Raven

Elsewhere

11. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. Mallard (v)
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Herring Gull

Mammals

White-tailed Deer
American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Nuthatch and Deer

Sunday, November 13th, 2022
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 November 2022.
Red-breasted Nuthatch

Rained most of the night again last night, but an early morning lull corresponded nicely with the time of my morning hike with dog. Full sky overcast. Wet but not as wet as yesterday, windy but not as windy. And more bird species. Hard to photograph wildlife in such dim light, but I did get a half-way decent pic of a nuthatch.

Was even darker down along the wooded trail, where we surprised a white-tail. I watched it bound away, tail high, and disappear.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:29 a.m., I hiked all trails (and then some).

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch
5. Northern Flicker
6. Herring Gull*
7. American Robin (v)
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. White-breasted Nuthatch

Elsewhere

11. Tufted Titmouse
12. Downy Woodpecker
13. Wild Turkey

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

Nice Surprises

Monday, August 1st, 2022
Least Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 August 2022.
Least Flycatcher.

Well, wasn’t this morning’s a fun birding excursion. Dog and I hit the trail kind of early—same time as yesterday, pretty much—but things seemed awfully quiet to start. Then, as we approached the edge between woodlands and open fields, all heaven broke loose.

Heard (and saw) Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Flushed a couple of turkeys. Then at the little summit spruce grove, where a fly hatch was going on, a couple unexpected species showed up. Most notably, a little group of orioles (first of year). But also a solitary Least Flycatcher, which must’ve been having a field day up there.

Also, at one point, I heard a Killdeer fly overhead. Random.

Random, but really cool.

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

1. American Goldfinch**
2. American Crow*
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
6. Mourning Dove* (v)
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Hermit Thrush (v)
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse
12 White-breasted Nuthatch**
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Wild Turkey
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Gray Catbird
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Song Sparrow
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. American Robin
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
25. Baltimore Oriole†
26. Field Sparrow (v)
27. Eastern Phoebe
28. Least Flycatcher
29. Black-and-white Warbler
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Savanna Sparrow (v)
32. Downy Woodpecker
33. Killdeer (v)
24. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Northern Cardinal (v)
36. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

37. Herring Gull
38. Chipping Sparrow (v)

Mammals

White-tailed Deer (v)

(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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