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Archive for July, 2014

Sapsuckers’ day off

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 July 2014.

Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Quick late hike today with dog. No sapsuckers on the sap patches for the first time in a couple weeks, I bet. Did catch glimpse of other species—including two species of warblers feeding active fledglings (Common Yellowthroat, Chestnut-sided Warbler).

Kind of missed the sapsuckers.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Towhee (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Cedar Waxwing
4. American Robin*
5. American Goldfinch
6. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
7. Song Sparrow**
8. American Crow*
9. Savannah Sparrow (v)
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. House Finch (v)
12. Alder Flycatcher (v)
13. Broad-winged Hawk
14. Field Sparrow
15. Gray Catbird
16. Chestnut-sided Warbler

Elsewhere

17. Herring Gull
18. House Sparrow
19. Double-crested Cormorant
20. Great Black-backed Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

 

Day of fog and overcast

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2014.

Chipping Sparrow.

Really busy day of fog and overcast. Had to sneak out quickly before an afternoon appointment to hike Beech Hill with Jack.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (and flies), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2014.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (and flies).

Lots of people up there today, despite the grayness and coolness. Furtive birds still—including a little family of Chipping Sparrows. The juvenile female sapsucker was perched again on her favorite tree trunk, sipping away with the flies.

Other sparrow families, too, along with robins and waxwings and a singing Alder Flycatcher.

Tonight is cool and damp.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. American Goldfinch
5. Chipping Sparrow
6. Cedar Waxwing
7. Savannah Sparrow
8. American Robin
9. Song Sparrow
10. Alder Flycatcher
11. Gray Catbird
12. White-breasted Nuthatch

Elsewhere

13. Herring Gull
14. American Crow
15 .Mourning Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

 

Hillside, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2014.

Hillside.

Furtiveness

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Eastern Towhee (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 July 2014.

Eastern Towhee (female).

The birds—by the time Jack and I finally got up to Beech Hill this afternoon late—were being furtive. I understand it: they’ve got youngster to look after. In fact, I even enjoy it, because it makes me pay closer attention, and that makes for greater rewards upon a sighting.

Didn’t get an inordinate number of sightings, but a few were cool. Female towhee, Savannah Sparrow with its young, a solitary, notch-tailed House Finch perched atop a spruce, and the Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers showed up for yet another day.

I did get a couple photos of the landscape—i.e., without any birds in them. One was of the thistle, below.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Gray Catbird
2. Eastern Towhee
3. American Goldfinch
4. Cedar Waxwing
5. American Robin (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. American Crow* (v)
8. Alder Flycatcher (v)
9. Song Sparrow**
10. Savannah Sparrow
11. House Finch
12. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
13. White-breasted Nuthatch
14. Blue Jay
15. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Elsewhere

16. Tufted Titmouse
17. Northern Cardinal
18. Herring Gull
19. House Sparrow (v)
20. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Bull Thistle, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 July 2014.

Bull Thistle.

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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