23 July 2014 Rockport, Maine, USA 
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    Busy, beautiful day

    Monday, July 21st, 2014
    Eastern Wood-pewee (with insect), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 July 2014.

    Eastern Wood-pewee (with insect).

    Worked a lot. Rode my bike. Ran some errands. Hiked Beech Hill with dog at the end of it. Counted quite a few birds—including a very vocal Eastern Wood-pewee near the parking lot.

    It was a busy, beautiful day.

    Beech Hill List
    Beginning at 5 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

    1. American Redstart
    2. Blue Jay (v)
    3. American Goldfinch** (v)
    4. Tufted Titmouse**
    5. Common Yellowthroat**
    6. Cedar Waxwing
    7. American Robin (v)
    8. Eastern Wood-pewee
    9. Black-capped Chickadee
    10. Eastern Towhee (v)
    11. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
    12. Song Sparrow**
    13. Gray Catbird* (v)
    14. Field Sparrow (v)
    15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
    16. Northern Flicker (v)
    17. Chestnut-sided Warbler
    18. Hermit Thrush (v)


    19. American Crow
    20. Herring Gull
    21. Osprey
    22. Northern Cardinal (v)
    23. Rock Pigeon
    24. Common Grackle

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


    Birdsong, revisited

    Monday, July 14th, 2014
    Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 July 2014.

    Savannah Sparrow.

    A lovely, warm afternoon at Beech Hill. Birdsong abounded. I suspect that’s because nestlings have become fledglings, so there’s not so much need to be quiet and stealthy (although there’s really always that need, if you’re a bird). And the adults teaching their songs.

    Chestnut-sided Warbler fledgling, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 July 2014.

    Chestnut-sided Warbler fledgling.

    Spotted a female American Redstart feeding a fledgling near the parking lot. Surprised a little family of Ruffed Grouse alongside the trail—as the other made alarm sounds, two chicks took off and sailed over a low stand of bushes. And spotted one of this year’s Chestnut-sided Warblers following its mother around.

    At the summit, I heard Common Yellowthroats and Savannah Sparrows and Song Sparrows and Field Sparrows. In flight overhead, goldfinches chattered and waxwings sang squee! And as Jack and I stopped to visited with a pair of friendly hikers, a Towhee let fly from a bough of a spruce.

    Birdsong improves a summer afternoon.

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

    1. American Redstart
    2. American Goldfinch
    3. Eastern Towhee
    4. Chipping Sparrow
    5. American Robin
    6. Gray Catbird
    7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
    8. Song Sparrow
    9. Cedar Waxwing
    10. Ruffed Grouse
    11. Yellow Warbler
    12. Common Yellowthroat
    13. Red-eyed Vireo
    14. Savannah Sparrow
    15. Mourning Dove
    16. Herring Gull
    17. Field Sparrow
    18. Blue Jay
    19. Black-capped Chickadee
    20. White-breasted Nuthatch
    21. Black-and-white Warbler
    22. American Crow


    23. Ovenbird

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


    Nearly perfect day

    Friday, July 11th, 2014
    Mourning Cloak, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 July 2014.

    Mourning Cloak.

    The weather was glorious—not to hot, not too cold. There was a breeze, but just enough to carry the extra heat of the sun away during a brisk hike. There were birds in the sky, and I could see them winging. And I could hear them singing. Or, in the case of the Blue Jays, hollering at each other. I even saw a raven flying low between some distant trees, and he was southwest of me, and it was afternoon, so I got a great look at the sheen of the light reflecting from its feathers.

    Twelve-spotted Skimmer (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 July 2014.

    Twelve-spotted Skimmer (female).

    If not for a few minor annoyances to keep me grounded—how boring life would be without annoyances—and the fact that I got no great bird photos, this might’ve been a perfect kind of day.

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

    1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
    2. American Goldfinch**
    3. Blue Jay (v)
    4. American Robin* (v)
    5. Eastern Towhee
    6. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
    7. American Crow*
    8. Song Sparrow**
    9. American Redstart (v)
    10. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
    11. Common Yellowthroat**
    12. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
    13. Chestnut-sided Warbler
    14. Cedar Waxwing**
    15. Yellow Warbler
    16. Savannah Sparrow
    17. Mourning Dove*
    18. Herring Gull*
    19. Common Raven
    20. House Finch (v)
    21. Downy Woodpecker


    22. Osprey (v)
    23. Double-crested Cormorant

    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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