1 September 2014 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Work and play

Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Gray Catbird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 August 2014.

Gray Catbird (juvie).

Busy day of work and play. Mostly work—desk work, a little carpentry—but in mid-afternoon, I took a break with Jack.

Black Swallowtail, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 August 2014.

Black Swallowtail.

Beech Hill was hazy and muggy and warm. Plenty of people walking up and down. Quite a few birds lurking in the undergrowth, too—including young White-throated Sparrows, Gray Catbirds, Cedar Waxwings, Yellow-rumped Warblers (on the move). Dragonflies sweeping back and forth in elongated rectangular paths along the trail. Assorted butterflies.

Just as I was finishing my carpentry project, it began to rain a little, so I went to replace a broken outdoor lightbulb and was just about to reach in its cylindrical hole when I happened to notice a honeycomb pattern in the dark interior. Wasp nest(s). I decided to put that off for another day.

Tonight it’s raining pretty steadily. Tomorrow is the first day of September.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Goldfinch** (v)
2. Blue Jay**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Cedar Waxwing**
5. Gray Catbird
6. Common Yellowthroat
7. American Crow*
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. White-throated Sparrow
10. Song Sparrow
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Eastern Phoebe

Elsewhere

15. Herring Gull
16. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
17. Laughing Gull
18. Great Blue Heron

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

 

Shy birds

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Eastern Towhee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 August 2014.

Eastern Towhee (female).

The birds of Beech Hill were shy today. Hell, all the birds were shy. At my place early, I heard a young bird calling for food, stood until I spotted the thing, and it was a juvenile Red-eyed Vireo. And the same thing happend on the hill.

Song sparrows were diving into thick bushes. Catbirds were flitting out of sight. Yellow-rumped warblers were still active in the spruce grove at the summit—I could hear their incessant chip notes—but I caught only brief glimpses of them. Waxwings were zipping around overhead, as usual.

It was a cool and nervous day. I liked it a lot.

Addendum: I did not see a monarch today for the first time in a few. (Yesterday I saw one at Beech Hill fluttering in the distance, and the day before I saw a dead one while cycling the shoulder of Route 1.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Cedar Waxwing
2. Blue Jay**
3. Song Sparrow
4. Red-eyed Vireo*
5. American Crow* (v)
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Gray Catbird
8. Yell0w-rumped Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
10. Eastern Towhee

Elsewhere

11. Herring Gull
12. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
13. Northern Cardinal (v)
14. House Sparrow

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

 

It’s happening

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2014.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Busy Friday. Sunny but kind of chilly. Not as windy as yesterday. Yellow-rumps at the summit again. It’s happening. Early migration. The first few nervous birds are fluttering, moving, heading in a more or less southern direction.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2014.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

But tonight, I closed all the windows.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Cedar Waxwing**
2. American Goldfinch
3. Song Sparrow
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. Eastern Towhee (v)
6. Eastern Phoebe
7. Common Raven (v)
8. Gray Catbird (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Tufted Titmouse**
11. Blue Jay**
12. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

13. American Crow
14. Laughing Gull
15. Herring Gull
16. Rock Pigeon
17. Mourning Dove
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Broad-winged Hawk
20. Double-crested Cormorant

v = Voice only
**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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