25 May 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘European starling’

A lot of other birds

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 24 May 2018.

Alder Flycatcher.

Alder Flycatchers are back, and that makes me happy. They’re not a striking bird to look at. Not particularly great singers. But by now I know and love them—along with the Great Crested Flycatchers we’ve had these years.

Of course a lot of other birds I love, as well.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Wood Thrush
2. Ovenbird
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. American Redstart
6. Veery
7. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Mourning Dove
11. Song Sparrow
12. Northern Flicker
13. Yellow Warbler
14. American Goldfinch
15. American Crow
16. American Robin
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
19. Eastern Wood-pewee
20. Gray Catbird
21. Alder Flycatcher
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Tree Swallow
24. Eastern Phoebe
25. Tree Swallow
26. Field Sparrow
27. Common Raven
28. Nashville Warbler
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Blue Jay
31. Savannah Sparrow
32. Hermit Thrush
33. Great Crested Flycatcher
34. Scarlet Tanager
35. Wild Turkey


36. European Starling
37. Common Grackle
38. Herring Gull
39. House sparrow

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


Monday, May 21st, 2018
American Redstart, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 May 2018.

American Redstart.

This morning early I led another bird walk. An intimate affair this time—which made it more casual and fun. We saw a Magnolia Warbler, and folks got good looks at birds they’d had good looks at before. Notably, we heard the song of a first-of-year Eastern Wood-pewee.

Eastern Towhee (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 May 2018.

Eastern Towhee (female).

As I did a couple days ago, I returned afterward with Jack. Despite the later hour and (much) warmer day, I got a couple photos of American Redstarts. Also saw an immature eagle.

I feel an odd affinity for redstarts, though.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7 a.m.—and again at 10:15 a.m.—I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. American Redstart
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler*
4. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
5. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. Wood Thrush (v)
8. Veery
9. Black-and-white Warbler**
10. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
11. Magnolia Warbler
12. Song Sparrow*
13. Common Yellowthroat**
14. Northern Cardinal
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Hermit Thrush (v)
17. Northern Flicker (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)
19. Black-capped Chickadee
20. American Crow*
21. Northern Parula* (v)
22. Yellow Warbler**
23. Gray Catbird
24. Tree Swallow
25. Field Sparrow
26. Eastern Wood-pewee†
27. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
28. Scarlet Tanager (v)
29. American Goldfinch
30. Blue Jay (v)
31. American Robin
32. Purple Finch (v)
33. Chipping Sparrow (v)
34. Eastern Bluebird
35. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
36. Nashville Warbler (v)
37. Common Raven
38. Bald Eagle


38. Herring Gull
39. European Starling

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

Bald Eagle (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 May 2018.

Bald Eagle (immature).

Black-throated Blues

Friday, May 18th, 2018
Black-throated Blue Warbler (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 May 2018.

Black-throated Blue Warbler (male).

I tend not to like to claim favorites. Have no favorite food, favorite color, favorite weather, favorite time of day. But I think my favorite wood-warbler is the Black-throated Blue.

Black-throated Blue Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 May 2018.

Black-throated Blue Warbler (female).

Heard my first of the year yesterday. Heard another this morning toward the end of my hike with Captain Jack. The bird was nearer, so dog and I ventured off trail a little ways. The handsome bird was cooperative, flitting about singing his beautiful buzzy tune, even posed for a photo. As I was taking pictures, I heard a sharp chip note behind me, very near. Turned and saw a female of the species perched nearly within arm’s reach. Clearly these birds had chosen one another.

The song, the plumage. I love those little Black-throated Blues.

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

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
4. Black-and-white Warbler
5. Hermit Thrush
6. Northern Parula (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Song Sparrow**
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
11. Wood Thrush† (v)
12. Veery
13. Wild Turkey (v)
14. American Goldfinch (v)
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. American Redstart
17. Turkey Vulture*
18. Blue Jay (v)
19. Northern Flicker (v)
20. Gray Catbird
21. American Crow*
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Broad-winged Hawk
25. Tree Swallow
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Field Sparrow
28. American Robin
29. Yellow-rumped Warbler
30. White-breasted Nuthatch
31. Nashville Warbler (v)
32. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
33. Chipping Sparrow**
34. Black-capped Chickadee
35. Double-crested Cormorant
36. Blue-headed Vireo
37. Black-throated Blue Warbler
38. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)


39. Eastern Phoebe
40. Herring Gull
41. Rock Pigeon
42. European Starling
43. House Sparrow (v)
44. Osprey

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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