30 November 2022

Posts Tagged ‘wild turkey’

Little Buddies

Friday, November 25th, 2022
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 November 2022.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Rain in the forecast this morning, but not until mid-morning, so dog and I stuck to our usual schedule—but, it being overcast, began on the open trail. Not much wind, temps in the mid-30s (F), not many birds. Three corvid species, a couple woodpeckers, robin, finch, Brown Creeper.

Also chickadees of course. I kinda think of Black-capped Chickadees as my buddies. Their voices are ever upbeat, voices that help ’em keep good track of each other. They let you get pretty close without freaking out. They give other birds a sense of comfort, too, I’ve noticed—a sort of entourage. Plus, they mob and scold owls. (See yesterday’s report.)

And they pose for photos. Had it not been for one of these little birds, I wouldn’t’ve had any great pics today. So thanks, buddy.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Downy Woodpecker
7. Common Raven
8. Brown Creeper
9. Northern Flicker
10. American Robin

Elsewhere

11. Wild Turkey

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

†First-of-year

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

Elsewhere

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

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

†First-of-year

Buntings (Again)

Sunday, November 20th, 2022
Snow Bunting on the roof of Beech Nut, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 November 2022.
Snow Bunting on the roof of Beech Nut.

They might’ve been the same birds—or two of the three I saw yesterday. But again this nippy morning Snow Buntings were poking about in the shade near the west side of the hut. One appeared to be eating (drinking?) ice.

Otherwise, far fewer birds than yesterday—half as many species in fact. But never mind, it was an exhilarating day, what with the wind and the sky and a couple of little snow squalls. Met a birder/bird photographer friend at the summit who informed me that American Coots were back in Chickawaukie Lake, below. And I’m pretty sure I saw a raft of ’em down there using optics.

Didn’t dare count the coots, though. The buntings were fun enough.

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

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Snow Bunting
5. Herring Gull
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)

Elsewhere

8. Wild Turkey
9. Herring Gull

(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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