24 September 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Caterpillars

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
Philadelphia Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 August 2017.

Philadelphia Vireo.

Caterpillars at Beech Hill this morning—caterpillars everwhere. I watched one climb a strand of silk, watched another just hang there. And I saw several getting their brains bashed out by warblers and vireos.

Caterpillar on a strand, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 August 2017.

Caterpillar on a strand.

Among the vireos, a Philadelphia stood out: only the second I’ve seen up there (I’m pretty sure). I also saw a solitary Cliff Swallow being herded through the air by an angry hummingbird.

And I saw butterflies, several species. Nice to know some caterpillars survive through metamorphosis.

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

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Song Sparrow
5. Gray Catbird
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Red-eyed Vireo**
8. American Goldfinch**
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. American Crow* (v)
11. Yellow Warbler (v)
12. Cliff Swallow
13. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
14. Cedar Waxwing
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
18. Ovenbird
19. Philadelphia Vireo
20. Black-and-white Warbler
21. Common Yellowthroat
22. White-throated Sparrow
23. Northern Cardinal
24. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
25. Broad-winged Hawk

Elsewhere

26. Mourning Dove
27. Herring Gull
28. Osprey

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

 

Fallout!

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
Black-and-white Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 August 2017.

Black-and-white Warbler (female).

An overcast morning, still and cool. Jack and I started up the trail and got no further than around the first bend when I realized slowly that we were surrounded by little flitting warblers. Also vireos, chickadees, titmice, etc. But a genuine, smallish (but still impressive) early season fallout.

Black-and-white Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 August 2017.

Black-and-white Warbler.

So dim was the light, though, that I couldn’t manage decent photos of the Pine Warbler, the American Redstarts, the Magnolia Warbler, and the tiny Cape May (I believe) that perched for just an instant about six feet above us. Thanks be to the female Black-and-white Warbler that poked about in the bark above us, hesitating just long enough to allow for a couple of not-too-blurry portraits.

Sure was exciting, though. (Can hardly wait for morning.)

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

1. Blue Jay**
2. Red-eyed Vireo
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Tufted Titmouse
5. Gray Catbird
6. American Goldfinch**
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. American Redstart
9. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. American Redstart
12. Magnolia Warbler
13. Pine Warbler
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Song Sparrow (v)
16. Eastern Towhee (v)
17. American Crow* (v)
18. Yellow Warbler (v)
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
20. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
21. Northern Cardinal (v)
22. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)

Elsewhere

23. Mourning Dove
24. Rock Pigeon
25. Herring Gull

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

Youngsters Everywhere

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Young Eastern Phoebe at play, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2017.

Young Eastern Phoebe at play.

Hopping and flitting and fiddling around the hill this morning were many of this year’s crop of new birds. Juvie Song Sparrows chasing each other. Cedar Waxwings, all gawky and freckled, perched atop the spruces, catching flies. The youthful caw! of a very young crow.

You’ve gotta grow up in a hurry around here.

Beech Hill List

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

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

Elsewhere

19. Morning Dove
20. Herring Gull

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

 

 
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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