4 May 2016 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Any Living Thing

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Two crows, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 May 2016.

Two crows.

I check the weather radar and see
A lull in the rain.

So I take down the dog’s leash, and
the dog grows excited
as he does every time—every
adventurous time—
and we set out for our hike.

Wild Turkey, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 May 2016.

Wild Turkey.

He walks behind me sometimes,
Leads me others,
Waits patiently and checks the scents
at the bases of tree trunks.
He pays attention to the slightest sounds.

Mist comes, and fog, and dog and I don’t care
because the weather never matters.
What does matter is the moving,
and the breathing,
And the distraction of any twitch or utterance
of any living thing.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. House Finch (v)
2. American Crow*
3. American Goldfinch* (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
5. Blue Jay** (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee*
7. Herring Gull* (v)
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Song Sparrow**
10. Northern Cardinal* (v)
11. Wild Turkey
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. American Robin** (v)
14. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
15. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
16. Pine Warbler (v)
17. Mallard
18. Hermit Thrush
19. Northern Flicker (v)


20. Chipping Sparrow (v)
21. Rock Pigeon

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

On My Familiar Patch

Sunday, May 1st, 2016
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 May 2016.

Savannah Sparrow.

Some have no patch, no plot of ground
to call their own or lay claim to,
to get to know so well as to be able to
predict the day in April
when the first Kestrel appears.

Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 May 2016.

Eastern Phoebe.

Some know on a daily basis
only their home, office, or yard—
a yard so pruned and manicured as to feel like
a habitat at the zoo.
They have no clue that the song

Of a Hermit Thrush sounds like mist,
with its fountain of fairy notes,
or how the joyful, declarative pronouncement
of an Ovenbird resounds
throughout a hardwood forest.

I heard an Ovenbird today
on my familiar patch of ground.
It had been quicker to return than in past years.
I heard three more warblers sing,
It happens every May Day.

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

1. Song Sparrow**
2. Eastern Phoebe*
3. Purple Finch
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. American Crow*
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Blue Jay* (v)
8. Hermit Thrush*
9. American Goldfinch* (v)
10. Northern Flicker* (v)
11. Common Grackle
12. Herring Gull*
13. American Robin* (v)
14. Brown-headed Cowbird
15. Northern Cardinal** (v)
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
18. Tree Swallow
19. Palm Warbler
20. Savannah Sparrow
21. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
22. White-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
23. Ovenbird† (v)
24. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
25. Black-throated Green Warbler† (v)
26. Pine Warbler† (v)
27. Wild Turkey (v)
28. Downy Woodpecker (v)
29. Hairy Woodpecker


30. House Finch
31. Osprey (v)

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


The Rush of Spring

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Savannah sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 April 2016.

Savannah sparrow.

Joy in the wood and joy in the field,
the land is going green.
The birds are arriving with love in their songs,
the snakes are emerging,
the flies are converging,
the drama of birthing and dying belongs
to the things that are living between.

Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 April 2016.

Pileated Woodpecker.

Voice of the sparrow and song of the thrush,
somewhere the woodpecker drums.
The green leafy things are about to explode,
the ferns are unfurling,
the vultures are swirling
the cloudless blue sky above dog and me glowed
as we steadied ourselves for the rush,

the rush of spring.

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

1. Song Sparrow**
2. Eastern Towhee
3. American Goldfinch*
4. Hermit Thrush
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. Herring Gull* (v)
7. Eastern Phoebe*
8. American Robin* (v)
9. Downy Woodpecker* (v)
10. Mourning Dove*
11. Osprey** (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Northern Cardinal** (v)
14. Red-winged Blackbird
15. Blue Jay* (v)
16. American Crow*
17. Tree Swallow (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow
19. Turkey Vulture*
20. Northern Cardinal** (v)
21. Purple Finch
22. Pileated Woodpecker
23. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
24. White-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
25. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
26. Wild Turkey
27. Tufted Titmouse (v)


28. Chipping Sparrow
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Cooper’s Hawk

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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