29 May 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Rainy Day Tanagers

May 23rd, 2017
Female and male Scarlet Tanagers, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 May 2017

Scarlet Tanagers.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Ovenbird
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. American Robin*
6. American Goldfinch
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Great Crested Flycatcher
11. Downy Woodpecker (v)
12. Yellow Warbler**
13. Gray Catbird
14. Mourning Dove (v)
15. Common Yellowthroat**
16. Song Sparrow**
17. American Crow*
18. Scarlet Tanager
19. American Redstart (v)
20. Alder Flycatcher (v)
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Tree Swallow
23. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. Eastern Bluebird
26. Veery (v)
27. Northern Cardinal**
28. Ruffed Grouse
29. Field Sparrow (v)
30. Wild Turkey
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
33. White-breasted Nuthatch
34. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

35. European Starling
36. Chipping Sparrow
37. Herring Gull

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

 

Woodpecker Art

May 21st, 2017

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 May 2017.

Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird
3. Eastern Phoebe*
4. American Robin*
5. Black-and-white Warbler
6. Common Loon (v)
7. American Goldfinch** (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
10. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Scarlet Tanager (v)
13. Mourning Dove** (v)
14. Gray Catbird*
15. Broad-winged Hawk
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Yellow Warbler
18. Alder Flycatcher (v)
19. Blue Jay
20. Song Sparrow (v)
21. Hermit Thrush
22. American Crow*
23. American Redstart**
24. Great Crested Flycatcher
25. Tree Swallow
26. Eastern Bluebird (v)
27. Ruby-throated Hummingbird†
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Purple Finch (v)
30. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
31. Savannah Sparrow
32. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
33. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

34. Chipping Sparrow
35. Northern Cardinal
36. Herring Gull

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

 

Snakes in the Grass

May 20th, 2017
Garter Snake scales, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2017.

Garter Snake scales.

I’ve had snakes on my mind
these past few warming days,
knowing from past years they should be
on the move by now.

Veery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2017.

Veery.

I even glimpsed the tail of one
that slipped into the grass along the trail.

Following Jack on the trail this morning,
I heard a soft rustling
in the leaves near my hiking boots—
“A snake, I bet,” is what I thought,
although I caught sight of nothing.

Perhaps a hundred feet along I heard
a similar sound and spied
a garter snake taking its low-key leave.

Tufted Titmouse, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2017.

Tufted Titmouse.

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

1. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Ovenbird
4. White-breasted Nuthatch**
5. Red-eyed Vireo
6. American Goldfinch* (v)
7. American Robin*
8. Common Yellowthroat**
9. Veery
10. Northern Cardinal*
11. Osprey (v)
12. Gray Catbird*
13. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Mourning Dove**
16. American Crow*
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
19. Song Sparrow** (v)
20. Yellow Warbler**
21. Blue Jay (v)
22. Nashville Warbler
23. Brown Thrasher†
24. Eastern Phoebe*
25. Tree Swallow
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Tufted Titmouse  (v)
28. Field Sparrow (v)
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Eastern Bluebird (v)
31. Purple Finch (v)
32. Scarlet Tanager (v)
33. American Redstart
34. Brown-headed Cowbird

Elsewhere

35. European Starling
36. Chipping Sparrow
37. Herring Gull

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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