30 August 2015 Rockport, Maine, USA 
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    Errand day

    Saturday, August 29th, 2015
    Purple Finch (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2015.

    Purple Finch (female).

    Saturday, errand day. I got busy early, took care of chores, and still dog and I managed to hit Beech Hill before noon. A hazy sun, muggy 70s (F). Hardly any obvious birds—but they were around.

    Waxwing dream, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2015.

    Waxwing dream.

    Not until we got to the summit was there much activity at all, in fact. Moseyed over into the spruce grove and heard a the chip of Yellow-rumped Warbler, as it left a branch and flew down the eastern trail a bit. I thought I might catch a glimpse, so we headed down to the rocky overlook, and I began psh-ing a little. Right away a female Purple Finch appeared, vocalizing, clearly alarmed. And then, as we stood there, a Red-eyed Vireo appeared, and an Alder Flycatcher. Even a hummingbird zipped by and took a look at what all the fuss was about.

    I also got a look at what at first I thought was a monarch butterfly, but it turned out to be a viceroy.

    A cool evening, a full moon evening. In fact, as I write this, the moon is 99.999952234443% full according to this website I made a while ago.

    Beech Hill List
    Beginning at 11:15 a.m, I hiked the open trail.

    1. Gray Catbird**
    2. American Crow* (v)
    3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
    4. American Goldfinch (v)
    5. Cedar Waxwing
    6. Eastern Towhee (v)
    7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
    8. Purple Finch
    9. Red-eyed Vireo
    10. Alder Flycatcher
    11. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    12. Savannah Sparrow


    13. Blue Jay (v)
    14. Herring Gull
    15. Mourning Dove
    16. Sharp-shinned Hawk

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


    Fly hatch

    Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
    Cedar Waxwing at annual fly hatch.

    Cedar Waxwing at annual fly hatch.

    Rain first thing, overcast second thing, sun and warmth third thing. Jack and I hiked during the latter—and saw waxwings sucking in flies up at the summit of Beech Hill. That makes three seasons running I’ve come upon this phenomenon.

    Great Spangled Fritillary, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 August 2015.

    Great Spangled Fritillary.

    Also photographed a butterfly, a dragonfly, and a landscape or two.

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

    1. American Goldfinch* (v)
    2. Blue Jay (v)
    3. Black-capped Chickadeea
    3. Cedar Waxwing**
    4. Common Yellowthroat*
    5. Eastern Towhee*
    6. Gray Catbird
    7. Song Sparrow (v)


    8. Red-eyed Vireo
    9. Herring Gull
    10. American Cr0w (v)
    11. Mallard
    11. Mourning Dove

    Sweet rain

    Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
    Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 August 2015.

    Alder Flycatcher.

    Awoke to the sound of rain out the window at the head of my bed. Sweet rain. We could use some.

    Fireweed, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 August 2015.


    Off and on rain all morning, but then it let up—still cloudy—but I was in the zone, type-development-wise, and didn’t look up until nearly 5 p.m., A last little line of showers had moved through, so good timing.

    A few cars, a few people, a couple dogs. Got talking to a nice couple at the summit. Jack liked ’em, too.

    Fifteen bird species, including a vocal raven.

    And a good dose of sweet, sweet rain.

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

    1. Blue Jay**
    2. American Crow*
    3. Common Raven (v)
    4. American Goldfinch**
    5. Eastern Towhee (v)
    6. Cedar Waxwing
    7. Song Sparrow
    8. Gray Catbird** (v)
    9. Common Yellowthroat (v)
    10. Purple Finch (v)
    11. Alder Flycatcher
    12. Northern Flicker (v)
    13. Eastern Phoebe
    14. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
    15. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


    16. Herring Gull
    17. Mallard

    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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