24 September 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Silent Birds, Secret Birds

Monday, August 28th, 2017
Gray Catbird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 August 2017.

Gray Catbird (juvie).

Cool (upper-50s (F). Clear (cloudless). Calm. Quiet birds sneaking around in the shadows. Spotted a young catbird, some young Song Sparrows, and the like. Feels like fall out there.

Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 August 2017.

Song Sparrow.

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

1. Song Sparrow
2. American Goldfinch
3. Gray Catbird**
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
6. Downy Woodpecker*
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. Purple Finch
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. American Crow*
15. Herring Gull*
16. Blue Jay (v)

Elsewhere

17. Mourning Dove
18. Northern Cardinal
19. Canada Goose
20. Rock Pigeon

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

 

Hummers Catching Flies

Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 August 2017.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

For the past couple weeks I’ve encountered little gangs of hummingbirds scouting the summit of Beech Hill in search of flies. I know that’s what they’re up to because of the Cedar Waxwing—and this year, a solitary Yellow Warbler—that perch in the tops of the spruces, where the swarms are. Every August a series of fly hatches brings the birds up there. Also phoebes and Empidonax flycatchers.

Yellow Warbler aerobat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 August 2017.

Yellow Warbler aerobat.

(Aside: today I’d just stopped to take a photo of a good-sized dragonfly when a phoebe zoomed in and almost grabbed it before seeing me and Jack—at which point they took of in either direction.)

A year or two ago, I watched a hovering hummer snag a couple flies. This year I’ve mostly watched them chase each other through the sky. Still, it’s thrilling and inspiring just to know that their around.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Gray Catbird
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. American Robin
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Yellow Warbler
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Purple Finch (v)
14. Song Sparrow
15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Barn Swallow
18. Northern Cardinal (v)

Elsewhere

19. Blue Jay (v)
20. Mourning Dove
21. Rock Pigeon
22. Herring Gull
23. Osprey

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

 

Solitary Monarch

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Cedar Waxwing (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2017.

Cedar Waxwing (juvie).

Breaking in a new camera today, gift from Canon, whose service technicians no longer work on my former model. Didn’t make time enough to figure out all the gazillions of settings, so this morning’s photos are a bit meh—or would’ve been had a solitary Monarch not saved the day.

Monarch on milkweed, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2017.

Monarch on milkweed.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. American Goldfinch
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Blue Jay (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Gray Catbird**
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing**
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Savannah Sparrow (v)
17. American Crow*
18. Baltimore Oriole (v)
19. Northern Parula
20. Alder Flycatcher
21. Yellow-rumped Warbler
22. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
23. Purple Finch
24. Yellow-billed Cuckoo (v)
25. Hermit Thrush (v)

Elsewhere

26. Mourning Dove
27. Herring Gull
28. Rock Pigeon

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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