25 May 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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A lot of other birds

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 24 May 2018.

Alder Flycatcher.

Alder Flycatchers are back, and that makes me happy. They’re not a striking bird to look at. Not particularly great singers. But by now I know and love them—along with the Great Crested Flycatchers we’ve had these years.

Of course a lot of other birds I love, as well.

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

1. Wood Thrush
2. Ovenbird
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. American Redstart
6. Veery
7. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Mourning Dove
11. Song Sparrow
12. Northern Flicker
13. Yellow Warbler
14. American Goldfinch
15. American Crow
16. American Robin
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
19. Eastern Wood-pewee
20. Gray Catbird
21. Alder Flycatcher
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Tree Swallow
24. Eastern Phoebe
25. Tree Swallow
26. Field Sparrow
27. Common Raven
28. Nashville Warbler
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Blue Jay
31. Savannah Sparrow
32. Hermit Thrush
33. Great Crested Flycatcher
34. Scarlet Tanager
35. Wild Turkey


36. European Starling
37. Common Grackle
38. Herring Gull
39. House sparrow

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


Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018


Scarlet Tanager, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 May 2018

Scarlet Tanager.

I can dig chasing down a Scarlet Tanager. I like sneaking along the understory, scanning the newly leafed-out crowns of of the hardwoods, hoping for just a glimpse of red. Well, today I got a look at at least two—and I’m wondering how I might prolong this thing.

Excited to find out what tomorrow brings.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Redstart**
2. Black-and-white Warbler**
3. Ovenbird**
4. Veery
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Northern Parula
7. Least Flycatcher (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. American Crow*
10. American Robin*
11. Chipping Sparrow**
12. Song Sparrow**
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Eastern Phoebe*
15. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
16. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
17. Northern Cardinal**
18. Tree Swallow
19. American Goldfinch
20. Gray Catbird
21. Alder Flycatcher
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Northern Flicker (v)
24. Common Yellowthroat
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Red-eyed Vireo
27. Mourning Dove
28. Scarlet Tanager
29. Black-throated Green Warbler
30. Eastern Wood-pewee*
31. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (distant drumming)
32. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
33. Field Sparrow
34. Common Raven*
35. Hermit Thrush**
36. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
37. Wood Thrush (v)
38. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
39. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
40. Black-billed Cuckoo†
41. Blue Jay (v)
42. Eastern Kingbird


43. Herring Gull
44. Wild Turkey
45. Broad-winged Hawk

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


Yellow Warblers

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 2018.

Yellow Warbler.

Had a lovely hike this morning. Heard a Wood Thrush, watched a raven browse in the blueberries, spent a while following a drama involving yellow warblers. Three or four or five of these warblers were rushing about in a birch tree, engaging in a mad courtship and/or territorial battles.

A highlight of my walk with Jack—made  for a truly interesting morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. American Redstart (v)
4. Wood Thrush (v)
5. Veery
6. Black-and-white Warbler**
7. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
8. Song Sparrow*
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
12. Common Yellowthroat**
13. Hermit Thrush
14. Northern Cardinal**
15. Yellow Warbler
16. American Woodcock
17. American Goldfinch
18. American Crow*
19. Gray Catbird**
20. Blue Jay
21. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (humming)
22. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
23. Tree Swallow
24. Alder Flycatcher†
25. Field Sparrow
26. Northern Harrier
27. Eastern Phoebe*
28. Common Raven
29. Nashville Warbler (v)
30. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
31. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
32. American Robin
33. Chipping Sparrow (v)
34. Turkey Vulture
35. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
36. Scarlet Tanager
37. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
38. Eastern Wood-pewee
39. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
40. Hairy Woodpecker
41. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
42. Black-throated Green Warbler


43. Herring Gull
44. Red-bellied Woodpecker

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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