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White Throats

Sunday, April 30th, 2017
White-throated Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 April 2017.

White-throated Sparrow.

Many, many White-throated Sparrows slipped through a peppy northwesterly wind overnight to flood the slopes of Beech Hill. Also a bunch of Yellow-rumped Warblers. Also two first-of-year birds for me: Blue-headed Vireo and Gray Catbird.

Rain predicted for the rest of the week, pretty much—but no matter. Tomorrow is May Day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Robin*
2. Black-capped Chickadee*
3. Eastern Towhee
4. American Goldfinch*
5. Blue-headed Vireo† (v)
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Black-and-white Warbler
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. White-throated Sparrow
10. Song Sparrow**
11. American Crow*
12. Tree Swallow
13. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. Herring Gull*
16. Eastern Phoebe*
17. Savannah Sparrow
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)
19. Northern Cardinal (v)
20. Common Raven
21. Turkey Vulture
22. Dark-eyed Junco
23. Gray Catbird† (v)
24. Pileated Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

25. House Finch (v)

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

 

 

Late-April Gallery: Assorted Species

Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 April 2017.

Savannah Sparrow.

Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 April 2017.

Chipping Sparrow.

Black-and-white Warbler (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 April 2017.

Black-and-white Warbler (first of year).

A chipping sparrow collects a beakful of individual hairs shed by Jack, my dog. (Rockport, Maine, 29 April 2017.)

A chipping sparrow collects a beakful of individual hairs shed by Jack, my dog.

Eastern Phoebe, Rockport, Maine, 29 April 2017.

Eastern Phoebe.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin*
2. Eastern Towhee
3. Black-and-white Warbler†
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Northern Cardinal**
6. Blue Jay
7. Brown-headed Cowbird
8. Common Grackle
9. Tufted Titmouse
10. American Crow*
11. Tree Swallow
12. Northern Flicker
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. Eastern Phoebe*
15. Song Sparrow
16. Savannah Sparrow
17. American Goldfinch
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Chipping Sparrow*
20. White-throated Sparrow
21. Herring Gull*
22. Purple Finch (v)
23. American Woodcock
24. Red-winged Blackbird
25. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
28. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

29. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
30. Mourning Dove
31. Wild Turkey

v =Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

 

Camouflage, I Guess

Friday, April 28th, 2017
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2017.

Goldfinch in fog.

Third straight foggy day. But it’s the end of April in Maine, after all, which means I’ll be mowing the lawn in a week or so. Also, birds. Arriving birds. Migrants, inbound for the next month or so. They’ll come from the direction of the bay, arrive at sunup, begin working their way up to Beech Hill.

Tomorrow might be sunny for a change, so I hear. Sounds promising.

Black Swan (American Crow), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2017.

Black Swan (American Crow).

This morning while working to track a singer I didn’t recognize, we flushed a woodcock that’d been sitting in the muddy trail not 20 feet in front of dog and me.

“How’d I miss that?” I said to Jack. “Camouflage, I guess.”

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin*
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
4. Northern Cardinal* (v)
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Brown-headed Cowbird
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Purple Finch (v)
11. Tree Swallow
12. Song Sparrow
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. American Goldfinch
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Savannah Sparrow
17. Northern Flicker
19. American Woodcock
20. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

21. White-breasted Nuthatch
22. Herring Gull
23. Rock Pigeon
24. European Starling

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

Eastern Chipmunk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2017.

Eastern Chipmunk.

 
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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