18 November 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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How to Photograph a Warbler

Friday, October 27th, 2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 October 2017.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

First, find a warbler—
or, better still, a flock.
Then walk slowly to a place
where the sun is between you
and the flock of warblers.

Then just stand there
for as long as it takes
for one of the birds
to tee up on a branch nearby
and pose for a portrait.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Northern Cardinal (v)
4. Herring Gull*
5. American Crow*
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Song Sparrow (v)
9. American Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

10. Mourning Dove
11. Mallard
12. Rock Pigeon

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

 

Fall Surprises

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
Black-throated Blue Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 September 2017.

Black-throated Blue Warbler (female).

I love fall migration for its inevitable, unpredictable surprises. This lovely—truly lovely—morning I was surprised and delighted to encounter a female Black-throated Blue Warbler poking about for caterpillars. I couldn’t ID her in the field, being so obsessed with yoinking a photo, but it became clear on first glance at the pic later. Lovely bird.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 September 2017.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Yellow-rumps, flickers, and waxwings still. Catbirds and towhees. Sparrows. And a comely little warbler I rarely see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay**
2. Eastern Towhee (v)
3. American Goldfinch* (v)
4. Black-throated Blue Warbler
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. American Crow*
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Northern Flicker
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Song Sparrow
14. Eastern Phoebe
15. American Robin
16. White-throated Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

17. Rock Pigeon
18. Mourning Dove
19. Herring Gull
20. Mallard

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

 

Swarm

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Cedar Waxwing dining on flies, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 September 2017.

Cedar Waxwing dining on flies.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

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

Elsewhere

17. Mourning Dove
18. Rock Pigeon
19. Mallard
20. Herring Gull
21. Ring-billed Gull

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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