20 May 2024

Posts Tagged ‘wild turkey’


Sunday, October 8th, 2023
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 October 2023.
Hermit Thrush.

A gray overcast greeted dog and me as we started up the main trail this morning, with chilly, windy, misty air. After a while the sky turned partly sunny—still, the wooded trails were streams from the big rains, and I slipped in the mud at one point. (No damage done.)

In such adverse conditions (possibly also an inconvenient wind direction), few birds species made themselves known. But we always seem to find delights. Like the scattering of Hermit Thrushes we startled in the woods.

They’re the commonest thrush on the hill these days, but they only sing that ephemeral song in spring‚ and they’ll be moving south pretty soon anyway.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:32 a.m. EST (8:32 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Wild Turkey
2. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
3. Blue Jay** (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Eastern Towhee (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Song Sparrow
8. American Crow*
9. Hermit Thrush
10. Northern Flicker (v)


11. Herring Gull


Meadow Vole

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


Onward, thru the Fog!

Thursday, October 5th, 2023
White-crowned Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 October 2023.
White-crowned Sparrow.

Today dawned foggy. Very, very foggy. When dog and I started up the trailhead, it felt like we were wandering around in a cloud. Foggy, wet, calm—and yet surprisingly birdy for such conditions. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers still, along with bunches of chickadees in the woods.

Most notable was a solitary White-crowned Sparrow that had been chasing after a yellow-rump when it decided to stop and check the trail for seeds. I only see white-crowns at just about this time of year.


Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:58 a.m. EST (8:58 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. White-throated Sparrow (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. White-crowned Sparrow†
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Gray Catbird (v)
8. American Robin (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Blue Jay** (v)


13. Northern Cardinal (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. Wild Turkey
16. Herring Gull
17. Rock Pigeon
18. Canada Goose (v)


Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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


State Bird

Monday, September 25th, 2023
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 September 2023.
Black-capped Chickadee.

This morning felt fall-like (which I guess makes sense, since it’s autumn): chilly, breezy, a little pungent, with a mostly blue sky above and a few fallen leaves below. Not many bird species today—although the Horned Lark was joined by another one today—and few numbers, just one or two of each.

Except for the Black-capped Chickadee. I saw and/or heard eight of those happy little year-round guys. Summer’s gone, but the chickadees are still out and about.

No wonder it’s Maine’s state bird.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:17 a.m. EST (8:17 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Northern Flicker (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
4. Common Raven (v)
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Horned Lark
7. Song Sparrow
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. Blue Jay**
10. Gray Catbird


11. Wild Turkey
12. Mallard
13. Herring Gull
14. Northern Cardinal (v)


Eastern Gray 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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