25 May 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘northern parula’


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).


Saturday, May 19th, 2018
American Robin, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 May 2018.

American Robin.

Led a bird walk up the wooded trail this morning, which was a lot of fun. Afterward, I hiked all trails with Jack. My feet got kind of sore from all that hiking—but in a good way.

Here’s a photo of a robin.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7 a.m.—and again at 10:30 a.m.—I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
4. Blue-headed Vireo
5. Black-and-white Warbler
6. Northern Parula (v)
7. American Redstart**
8. Veery
9. Hermit Thrush (v)
10. Tufted Titmouse
11. Great Crested flycatcher
12. American Goldfinch
13. American Robin*
14. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
15. Yellow Warbler (v)
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Northern Cardinal
19. Magnolia Warbler†
20. Turkey Vulture*
21. Nashville Warbler (v)
22. Black-capped Chickadee
23. American Crow*
24. Osprey
25. Gray Catbird*
26. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
27. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
28. Song Sparrow**
29. Herring Gull*
30. Field Sparrow (v)
31. Wild Turkey (v)
32. Ruby-throated Hummingbird†
33. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
34. Northern Flicker
35. Eastern Bluebird
36. Common Raven
37. Eastern Phoebe*
38. Downy Woodpecker (v)


39. Chipping Sparrow

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


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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