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Luxuriant November

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
White-throated sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 November 2013.

White-throated sparrow.

Damn, what a lovely day. I worked a little in the morning, and then I got bottles and cans and recycling material together and went to the redemption center and dump. And then Jack and I ended up at Beech Hill—hiking early.

Black-capped chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 November 2013.

Black-capped chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 November 2013.

We started in the wooded section, each wearing eye-catching orange, and saw quite a few birds—including a hermit thrush and (soon after) a sharp-shinned hawk, zipping between tree trunks. Heard and saw plenty of yellow-rumps, couple of sparrows, a surprise goldfinch, crows. Also saw tiny flying insects and a big fat dragonfly and heard crickets in the fields.

Quite a few people up there, and another dog or two. Truly gorgeous weather.

Immediately afterward, I intended to ride twenty miles on my bike, but I found out the Texas Longhorns were playing an afternoon game. I hesitated. I looked at the weather (rain and possible snow tomorrow?). I decided to go ahead and watch the game—but during half-time, I went out and gave the lawn its final mow of the year.

I see no rain tonight just yet. In fact, the stars are out still. And it’s not all that cold.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1:15 p.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-throated sparrow
2. Black-capped chickadee*
3. American goldfinch (v)
4. Yellow-rumped warbler
5. Hermit thrush
6. Sharp-shinned hawk
7. American crow*
8. House finch** (v)
9. Tufted titmouse
10. Downy woodpecker (v)
11. Northern flicker (v)
12. Song sparrow (v)


13. Blue jay (v)
14. Herring gull
15. House sparrow
16. Rock pigeon
17. Mallard

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

Life jacket, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 November 2013.

Life jacket.



Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Magnolia warbler, Monhegan Island, Maine, 28 September 2013.

Magnolia warbler, Monhegan.

Up early, birded Monhegan until late morning, got my stuff together, took the Elizabeth Ann back inshore. The water was as smooth as new blacktop, the sun bright, a youthful eagle flapping to a perch on a tall spruce on an island.

Got my dog, put stuff away, took a hike up Beech Hill.

(I’ll compile my Monhegan list soon.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Common raven* (v)
2. Yellow-rumped warbler
3. American crow* (v)
4. Black-capped chickadee* (v)
5. Magnolia warbler*
6. Gray catbird** (v)
7. Ruby-crowned kinglet*


8. Cape May warbler
9. Herring gull
10. Blue jay
11. Northern flicker
12. Golden-crowned kinglet (v)
13. Black-capped chickadee
14. Black-and-white warbler
15. Carolina wren (v)
16. Red-breasted nuthatch (v)
17. Red-eyed vireo
18. Blue-headed vireo
19. Merlin
20. Northern harrier
21. Bald eagle
22. Great black-backed gull
23. Song sparrow
24. Swamp sparrow
25. Northern parula
26. Yellow-bellied sapsucker
27. Black-throated green warbler
28. Eastern phoebe
29. Sharp-shinned hawk
30. White-throated sparrow
31. White-crowned sparrow
32. Northern waterthrush
33. Mallard
34. Double-crested cormorant
35. Black guillemot
36. Semipalmated plover
37. European starling
38. Peregrine falcon
39. American robin
40. Northern mockingbird
41. Yellow-billed cuckoo
42. Yellow warbler
43. Downy woodpecker
44. Northern gannett
45. Laughing gull
46. Palm warbler
47. Mourning dove
48. Brown creeper
49. Cedar waxwing
50. American goldfinch

Magnolia warbler.


Saturday, June 1st, 2013
Veery, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 01 June 2013.


Up early, muggy and at least 70 degrees (F) already by the time dog and I got to Beech Hill. Plenty of birds, plenty of bugs. Not quite as much mud as yesterday—nor quite as many cuckoos calling. (I heard two.)

Eastern wood-pewee, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 01 June 2013.

Eastern wood-pewee.

Heard another booming grouse. Encountered four or five pewees in the woods—including what appeared to be a mating pair—and heard another tanager. Saw a cormorant fly over. Saw waxwings for a change. (They’ve been scarce.) Heard that curious human-falsetto-like call of a raven.

Their behavior is changing, though—the birds’. They’re beginning to pair off and hunker down. Not so much flitting around, tending to sing from a stationary perch. Now the reward comes in recognition: recognizing the alder flycatcher that’s nesting down near the open trail (for, I think, the second straight spring); recognizing the voice of the hermit thrush in the woods; recognizing the phoebe at Beech Nut, and the new chipping sparrow holding forth in the spruces there. I know there will be redstarts near the Beech Hill Road parking lot. I know where there will be yellow warblers, yellowthroats, catbirds. I know the haunts of a certain black-throated blue.

While out on my bike this afternoon, I added a few big birds to my list—osprey, Canada goose, great blue heron—along with the regular townies. Heard first-of-year chimney swifts near Rockport Village. It was a nice, sweaty ride.

Eastern towhee, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 01 June 2013.

Eastern towhee.

For the first of June, it sure felt summery today. (Tonight it feels summery also.)

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

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. Red-eyed vireo**
3. Black-throated green warbler** (v)
4. Black-and-white warbler (v)
5. Gray catbird**
6. Chestnut-sided warbler** (v)
7. Hermit thrush (v)
8. Mourning dove
9. Eastern towhee
10. Veery**
11. American redstart**
12. Eastern wood-pewee**
13. Black-capped chickadee** (v)
14. Yellow warbler**
15. Alder flycatcher
16. Common yellowthroat**
17. American crow*
18. Blue jay** (v)
19. Field sparrow
20. American robin*
21. Chipping sparrow**
22. Eastern phoebe**
23. Savannah sparrow
25. Song sparrow
26. Cedar waxwing**
27. White-throated sparrow (v)
28. Nashville warbler (v)
29. Brown-headed cowbird (v)
30. Tufted titmouse** (v)
31. Double-crested cormorant
32. Black-billed cuckoo (v)
33. Ruffed grouse (booming)
34. Northern flicker (v)
35. Scarlet tanager (v)
36. Black-throated blue warbler (v)
37. Common raven (v)


38. House finch
39. Northern cardinal
40. Herring gull
41. European starling
42. Common grackle
43. Rock pigeon
44. House sparrow
45. Sharp-shinned hawk
46. Osprey
47. Laughing gull (v)
48. Chimney swift† (v)
49. Canada goose
50. Great blue heron

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

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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