31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘yellow-rumped warbler’

Icy Underfoot

Thursday, January 19th, 2023
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 January 2023.
Eastern Bluebird.

Warmish first thing, about freezing. Calmish also: no big breeze a-blowing on the hill. And birds about from the get-go—voices mostly.

Until we got to the summit, where the Snow Bunting pair were still hanging on on the roof of Beech Nut. Yesterday afternoon’s warm temperatures had melted a bunch of ice and snow from the southern exposures, revealing plenty of formerly iced-up seeds. This brought a bunch of bluebirds out (along with a couple yellow-rumps, which it seems follow the bluebirds).

Finally, I spied a pair of flickers.

The trails were seriously icy, though—and Jack’s toenails simply could gain the kind of purchase my spiky grips did. He slipped down onto his tummy a few times, which made me feel bad.

But we emerged unscathed for the most part. And with another lovely memory.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:07 a.m., I hiked most trails.

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


12. Herring Gull
13. Mallard
14. Rock Pigeon

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


A Fun One

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023
Snow Bunting (non-breeding female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 January 2023.
Snow Bunting (non-breeding female).

Not so chilly, not so breezy, and extremely beautiful skies this morning when dog and I hit the trail—early than in recent days. Seemed like it might prove interest, and it did.

First, when listening to chickadees in the woods to the right, I thought I saw some motion to the left of the trail, but when I looked around, saw nothing. A moment later I spied a Snowshoe Hare bounding away. That rabbit was within twelve feet of me, I bet, and I didn’t see it at all.

Next, toward the summit: bluebirds. Then a high flock of some kind of songbird whose voices I didn’t recognize right away—which (when I looked at my quick, blurry photos) turned out to be Evening Grosbeaks. Then, at the summit proper, more bluebirds and a pair of Snow Buntings. And hanging with both, a solitary Yellow-rumped Warbler. Fun!

A raven in flight over the open fields. The voice of a single robin, and a single woodpecker.

I’d do this day over again, if I could—but even better would be another fun one tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:02 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Eastern Bluebird
5. Evening Grosbeak
6. Snow Bunting
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. Common Raven
10. American Robin (v)
11. Downy Woodpecker (v)


12. White-breasted Nuthatch


Snowshoe Hare

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


Chilly Blue

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023
Snow Bunting, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 January 2023.
Snow Bunting.
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 January 2023.
Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Temps in the teens to start—mid-teens, to be specific. A bit of a breeze, but not too strong. Still, I didn’t expect dog and I to encounter very many bird species. I was wrong.

Few coming up through the woods, for sure. But at the summit, bluebirds. And goldfinches. A yellow-rump. Even—down on the other side—the voice of a jay. And returning up the slope, a highlight: a Snow Bunting.

And not done yet! Nearing the end of our hike, I heard the voice of a Golden-crowned Kinglet. Even got a couple photos of the bird. And then a Brown Creeper appeared.

Honestly didn’t expect to have so much fun this morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:17 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. American Robin (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. American Goldfinch
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
9. Snow Bunting
10. Golden-crowned Kinglet
11. Brown Creeper


12. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
13. 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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