31 July 2014 Rockport, Maine, USA 
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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Eastern Towhee (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 July 2014.

Eastern Towhee (female).

The birds—by the time Jack and I finally got up to Beech Hill this afternoon late—were being furtive. I understand it: they’ve got youngster to look after. In fact, I even enjoy it, because it makes me pay closer attention, and that makes for greater rewards upon a sighting.

Didn’t get an inordinate number of sightings, but a few were cool. Female towhee, Savannah Sparrow with its young, a solitary, notch-tailed House Finch perched atop a spruce, and the Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers showed up for yet another day.

I did get a couple photos of the landscape—i.e., without any birds in them. One was of the thistle, below.

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

1. Gray Catbird
2. Eastern Towhee
3. American Goldfinch
4. Cedar Waxwing
5. American Robin (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. American Crow* (v)
8. Alder Flycatcher (v)
9. Song Sparrow**
10. Savannah Sparrow
11. House Finch
12. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
13. White-breasted Nuthatch
14. Blue Jay
15. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker


16. Tufted Titmouse
17. Northern Cardinal
18. Herring Gull
19. House Sparrow (v)
20. Rock Pigeon

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

Bull Thistle, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 July 2014.

Bull Thistle.


Sunday, July 27th, 2014
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 July 2014.

American Goldfinch.

Took an earlier hike than usual today, on account of rain was coming. Bunch of other people had the same idea. We had overcast skies with a strong breeze and nervous birds around. I saw three young sapsuckers for the first time today, all inching up the trunks of shadowy trees.

Got a dim photo of a goldfinch. Heard a Black-and-white Warbler’s Type II song. Jays were out and about. I didn’t see many of the species on my list. The birds were secretive but vocal.

Managed to get back home and wash my pickup before the rain began to fall. It soaked us pretty good on into evening.

We’re lucky here, water-wise, unlike Texas and California.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Cedar Waxwing
6. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Herring Gull*
10. Eastern Towhee (v)
11. Blue Jay (v)
12. Savannah Sparrow (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Gray Catbird (v)
15. American Robin (v)
16. Northern Cardinal (v)
17. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
18. Mourning Dove


19. Osprey
20. House Sparrow

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


Busy, beautiful day

Monday, July 21st, 2014
Eastern Wood-pewee (with insect), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 July 2014.

Eastern Wood-pewee (with insect).

Worked a lot. Rode my bike. Ran some errands. Hiked Beech Hill with dog at the end of it. Counted quite a few birds—including a very vocal Eastern Wood-pewee near the parking lot.

It was a busy, beautiful day.

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

1. American Redstart
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. American Goldfinch** (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse**
5. Common Yellowthroat**
6. Cedar Waxwing
7. American Robin (v)
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Towhee (v)
11. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
12. Song Sparrow**
13. Gray Catbird* (v)
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Northern Flicker (v)
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler
18. Hermit Thrush (v)


19. American Crow
20. Herring Gull
21. Osprey
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Rock Pigeon
24. Common Grackle

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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