24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘wild turkey’


Wednesday, September 6th, 2023
Crow foot, Rockport, Maine, 06 September 2023.
Crow foot.

Another warm one (hot one?)—a little warmer than yesterday’s room temperature experience at the beginning of my hike up the wooded trail with dog. Captain Jack spent more of our excursion panting.

Before we hiked, though, first thin in the morning, I found the carcass of a crow lying on the lawn. I spoke to the dead bird as I picked its mortal remains gently up and tossed them off into a bushy green patch.

The rest of the birds we encountered were all alive and well—although we didn’t encounter many on account (I suppose) of the heat and humidity.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:24 a.m. EST (8:24 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Pileated Woodpecker (v, drumming)
2. Blue Jay
3. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
7. Hermit Thrush (v)
8. Song Sparrow*
9. Common Yellowthroat
10. American Goldfinch**
11. Turkey Vulture


12. Carolina Wren (v)
13. Herring Gull
14. Wild Turkey
15. House Sparrow
16. Rock Pigeon
17. Mourning Dove

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



Tuesday, September 5th, 2023
Cape May Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 September 2023.
Cape May Warbler.

It was a warm one. Starting up the trail early, dog and I “enjoyed” a sort of humid room temperature. Once we got out of the shade, the air got summertime-warm in a hurry. Still, what a nice hike.

Mainly because of the variety of bird life. A vireo posed. So did a Broad-winged Hawk and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Most interestingly, a young Cape May Warbler perched high in a summit spruce and might as well have begged to have his picture took—one of very few of the species I’ve seen up there.

In afternoon, I rode around on my bicycle in 80-something-degree (F) temperatures. Seems we get us a variety of weather around here, too.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:45 a.m. EST (7:45 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Blue Jay
4. Gray Catbird
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Broad-winged Hawk
8. American Crow* (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Eastern Towhee (v)
11. Song Sparrow
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
14. Cape May Warbler†
15. American Goldfinch
16. Downy Woodpecker (v)
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Northern Flicker (v)


19. Carolina Wren
20. Herring Gull
21. Wild Turkey

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



Monday, August 28th, 2023
Turkey Vulture, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 August 2023.
Turkey Vulture.

I had no dog with me during my hike this morning for the first time in as long as I can remember. Captain Jack had to go to the vet for a digestive issue, and since he’s 15-plus years old, I worried throughout my empty-handed, solo hike—but all turned out OK. Also, some bird showed up.

Most noteable—or noticeable—to me were the vultures soaring over, and the nervous, quiet stirrings of songbirds flitting about for food. The seasonal light (and shortening photoperiod) is a sign that fall is not far away.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:00 a.m. EST (9:00 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Downy Woodpecker (v)
2. American Goldfinch** (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. Gray Catbird
11. American Crow*
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Turkey Vulture
14. Song Sparrow
15. Red-shouldered Hawk (v)
16. Eastern Towhee (v)


17. Mallard
18. Mourning Dove
19. Herring Gull
20. Rock Pigeon
21. Wild Turkey

(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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