24 September 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Fourth Foggy Morning

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
British Soldiers Lichen, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2017.

British Soldiers Lichen.

A fourth foggy morning in a row dawned here at the 44th parallel. Jack and I arrived early to the hill to find a couple other vehicles in the parking lot, surprisingly. We climbed the drippy trail, came upon a Veery (missed the photo when my camera strap got in the way of the viewfinder), saw flickers and jays and sparrows. It was a quick hike because…

Blue Jays, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2017.

Blue Jays.

…I had to return at nine, sans dog, to help inspect the sod roof of Beech Nut. There, I took a photo of a clump of British soldiers.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail. (And at 9 a.m., I took a truck up there.)

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Northern Flicker
3. Blue Jay
4. Veery
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. Eastern Towhee
7. American Crow
8. Song Sparrow
9. American Goldfinch
10. Yellow Warbler
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Savannah Sparrow
13. Eastern Phoebe
14. Hairy Woodpecker
15. White-breasted Nuthatch
16. Tufted Titmouse


17. Mourning Dove
18. Wild Turkey
19. Herring Gull

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


Snakes and a Catbird

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Gray Catbird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 September 2017.

Gray Catbird (juvie)

For the past couple days I’ve seen a good-sized Smooth Green Snake on the same sunny stretch of trail. The first day, I had just said out loud to my dog that we might want to be on the look-out for snakes (I’d seen a couple garter snakes there before), but I guess I wasn’t really ready, because  I couldn’t focus my camera on it before it slipped away into the grass.

The second day, I said to my dog that we should really be looking for snakes right about there—and I didn’t even see the green snake in the sun before we were just about on top of it. It slipped away again. Same snake probably.

Here’s a photo of a young catbird.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Crow*
3. American Redstart
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. American Goldfinch
6. Eastern Towhee (v)
7. Merlin
8. Savannah Sparrow
9. Song Sparrow
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Gray Catbird
14. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
15. White-throated Sparrow (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat (v)
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven (v)
19. Blue Jay (v)
20. Tufted Titmouse (v)


21. Mourning Dove
22. Herring Gull
23. Rock Pigeon
24. Downy Woodpecker (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Silent Migrants

Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 September 2017.

Song Sparrow.

On a cool morning in fall,
migratory birds move through the trees
silently for the most part,
with but a few chips and tweets and titters.

It’s odd when one bursts into song.
At this time of year, it seems wrong.

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

1. American Goldfinch** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Blue Jay**
4. Song Sparrow
5. Cedar Waxwing (v)
6. Eastern Phoebe
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. Red-eyed Vireo
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Philadelphia Vireo
11. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
12. Hairy Woodpecker
13. American Redstart
14. Downy Woodpecker
15. Least Flycatcher
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Gray Catbird
18. Veery (v)
19. Turkey Vulture
20.Herring Gull
21. American Crow*


22. Mourning Dove
23. House Sparrow

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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