24 September 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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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

 

Fall Harrier

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 September 2017.

Northern Harrier.

On the first day of fall, I saw my first Northern Harrier of fall—a lone individual soaring low above the reddish barrens on this nippy, breezy morning. I look forward to seeing more in the weeks to come.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 September 2017.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. Blue Jay** (v)
3. Gray Catbird (v)
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Northern Flicker
6. Downy Woodpecker (v)
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Red-eyed Vireo
9. Song Sparrow
10. Northern Harrier
11. Common Yellowthroat (v)
12. American Crow*
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. American Goldfinch

Elsewhere

16. Chipping Sparrow
17. Mourning Dove
18. Rock Pigeon
19. Herring Gull
20. Turkey Vulture

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

 

Gallery: Return of the Sun

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2017.

Song Sparrow.

Seven crows, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2017.

Seven crows.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2017.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Merlin, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2017.

Merlin.

Common Yellowthroat (immature female), Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2017.

Common Yellowthroat (immature female).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

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

Elsewhere

15. Chipping Sparrow
16. Mourning Dove

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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