25 May 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘morning dove’

My Little Ovenbird

Friday, May 11th, 2018
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 May 2018.


I have a thing for Ovenbirds. They’re so dependable, for one thing—arriving each year right on time, hollering “Teacher, Teacher, TEACHER!” from their perches about thirty feet up into the canopy. They have what I call a “branch walk” behavior when suspicious. They chase each other around in the woods.

The song of the Ovenbird is my ringtone. That should tell you something.

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

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
4. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
5. Northern Parula
6. Hermit Thrush (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Blue-headed Vireo
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Herring Gull*
13. Morning Dove* (v)
14. Northern Cardinal (v)
15. Common Yellowthroat**
16. Song Sparrow**
17. Nashville Warbler (v)
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Purple Finch
20. Gray Catbird
21. Veery
22. Song Sparrow** (v)
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Tree Swallow
25. Eastern Phoebe
26. Turkey Vulture
27. Broad-winged Hawk
28. American Crow
29. Blue Jay (v)
30. American Robin
31. Wild Turkey
32. Yellow Warbler†
33. Common Raven
34. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
35. Great Crested Flycatcher


36. Chipping Sparrow

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


Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
White-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 December 2017.

White-breasted Nuthatch.

Big rains overnight left the trail a bit muddy this morning, but that didn’t bother Jack, the birds, or me. Little birds were poking about in the trees encircling the parking lot, and crows were circling the summit. The temperature neared 50 degrees (F)—but then started to dip come evening, when a bright spattering of stars came out.

American Crow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 December 2017.

American Crow.

I can dig a good spattering of stars.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. White-breasted Nuthatch
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Herring Gull*
6. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)


9. Mallard
10. Morning Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Youngsters Everywhere

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Young Eastern Phoebe at play, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2017.

Young Eastern Phoebe at play.

Hopping and flitting and fiddling around the hill this morning were many of this year’s crop of new birds. Juvie Song Sparrows chasing each other. Cedar Waxwings, all gawky and freckled, perched atop the spruces, catching flies. The youthful caw! of a very young crow.

You’ve gotta grow up in a hurry around here.

Beech Hill List

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

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


19. Morning Dove
20. Herring 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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