24 September 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘American redstart’

Conspicuous Emergence

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
Song Sparrow (youngster), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 September 2017.

Song Sparrow (youngster).

On our early hike this morning, dog and I encountered a fair number of migrating birds—chiefly Yellow-rumped Warblers. Also watched various butterflies (sulphurs, mostly) and bees prowl the remaining wildflowers.

Clouded Sulphur, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 September 2017.

Clouded Sulphur.

Sparrows about still, and jays, and flickers, and that young blueberry-eating gull (at least I assume it’s the same one I’ve seen up there three times now, considering I’ve never seen another engage in such behavior during my thousands of Beech Hill hikes.

Notably, Blacklegged Ticks (a.k.a., deer ticks) made a sudden reappearance. They’ve never gone away, of course, just have attained the right stage of development at the right season with the right amount of warmth and wetness to emerge conspicuous. I pulled five off Jack today.

A brilliantly sunny day, warmish, calmish. We’re told to expect more of same tomorrow.

Blacklegged Tick, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 September 2017.

Blacklegged Tick.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. Blue Jay** (v)
3. Eastern Towhee
4. American Redstart
5. Song Sparrow
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. American Crow*
8. American Goldfinch
9. Northern Flicker
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. Savannah Sparrow
12. Gray Catbird
13. Tufted Titmouse (v)
14. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
15. Herring Gull
16. Pileated Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

17. Mourning Dove

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

 

Snakes and a Catbird

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Gray Catbird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 September 2017.

Gray Catbird (juvie)

For the past couple days I’ve seen a good-sized Smooth Green Snake on the same sunny stretch of trail. The first day, I had just said out loud to my dog that we might want to be on the look-out for snakes (I’d seen a couple garter snakes there before), but I guess I wasn’t really ready, because  I couldn’t focus my camera on it before it slipped away into the grass.

The second day, I said to my dog that we should really be looking for snakes right about there—and I didn’t even see the green snake in the sun before we were just about on top of it. It slipped away again. Same snake probably.

Here’s a photo of a young catbird.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Crow*
3. American Redstart
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. American Goldfinch
6. Eastern Towhee (v)
7. Merlin
8. Savannah Sparrow
9. Song Sparrow
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Gray Catbird
14. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
15. White-throated Sparrow (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat (v)
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven (v)
19. Blue Jay (v)
20. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

21. Mourning Dove
22. Herring Gull
23. Rock Pigeon
24. Downy Woodpecker (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Gallery: Cool Sunday

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Chipping Sparrow, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Chipping Sparrow.

Savannah Sparrows, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Savannah Sparrows.

Common Yellowthroat (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Common Yellowthroat (female).

Red-eyed Vireo (imm.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Red-eyed Vireo (imm.).

Northern Cardinal (molting male), Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Northern Cardinal (molting male).

Tufted Titmouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Tufted Titmouse.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Towhee** (v)
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. Gray Catbird*
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. Song Sparrow**
6. Common Yellowthroat
7. American Crow*
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Savannah Sparrow
10. American Kestrel
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Black-and-white Warbler
13. American Redstart
14. White-throated Sparrow
15. Red-eyed Vireo
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Tufted Titmouse
18. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

19. Mourning Dove
20. House Finch
21. Northern Cardinal
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Herring Gull
24. American Robin

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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