29 May 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘red-tailed hawk’

Thrushes, Hawks, and an Ovenbird

Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Veery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2017.


Sun, light breeze, incoming birds, including first Veeries, Yellow Warblers, and Great Crested Flycatcher. One Veery was particularly agreeable—perching for a photo, hopping along the trail not far in front of Jack and me.

Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2017.

Hermit Thrush.

Saw an eagle, crows haranguing a raven, seven warblers species. And most exciting was a pair of Red-tailed Hawks that circled above the canopy as we descended the woods trail. The hawks were cool and unperturbed, taking their sweet time, as crows loudly escorted them above us. And one let out one of those rare amazing red-tail screams.

On a sad note: an Ovenbird lay dead at the back of Beech Nut, victim of an apparent window strike early this morning. I brought it down into the woods, where I could hear other Ovenbirds singing, and tossed it into some greenery by a stone wall—and right away a chipmunk poked its head out. And I thought, Oh great, that chipmunk’s gonna eat it.

But I suppose that’s just Nature’s way.

Fallen Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2017.

Fallen Ovenbird.

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

1. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler
3. Ovenbird**
4. Black-and-white Warbler
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Common Yellowthroat
7. American Goldfinch**
8. Tufted Titmouse**
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Northern Parula
11. Black-capped Chickadee**
12. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
13. Blue Jay** (v)
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Veery
17. Song Sparrow
18. Red-winged Blackbird
19. Yellow Warbler (v)
20. Tree Swallow
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. Mourning Dove (v)
23. American Crow*
24. Brown-headed Cowbird
25. Herring Gull*
26. Northern Cardinal** (v)
27. American Robin*
28. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
29. White-throated Sparrow
30. Purple Finch (v)
31. Northern Flicker (v)
32. Bald Eagle
33. Common Raven
34. Red-tailed Hawk
35. Osprey (v)
36. Pileated Woodpecker
37. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)


38. European Starling
39. House Finch (v)
40. Chipping sparrow
41. Rock Pigeon
42. House Sparrow

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


Crow vs Raven

Monday, May 8th, 2017
Crow vs Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 May 2017.

Crow vs Raven.

Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 May 2017.

Savannah Sparrow.

Wet again this morning. I had a couple hours of Monday morning work to do, so Jack and I didn’t make it to the hill until 10:30—so late, I felt kind of guilty. Overcast and dark headed up through the woods. Birds were about, if secretive and none-too-vocal. I kept missing photo opportunities, though—the most frustrating being the colorful yellow-rump that kept bouncing around in the tangles of a bush not eight feet from me.

I can report the apparent arrival overnight of a whole bunch of gray catbirds. Catbirds and towhees were especially vocal.

And, curiously, at the summit, stuff started happening. First, breaks began to appear in the clouds. Then I heard the croaks of a raven—and managed to grab a short video of a typical episode of Crow vs Raven.

Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 May 2017.

Gray Catbird.

After a while, the sun actually emerged for a time—and I heard the first Rose-breasted Grosbeak of the season singing down by Beech Hill Road.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
2. Eastern Phoebe*
3. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Gray Catbird*
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Northern Parula (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee*
10. White-throated Sparrow
11. Northern Cardinal (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Herring Gull*
14. American Robin* (v)
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Mourning Dove** (v)
17. American Crow*
18. Purple Finch (v)
19. Common Raven
20. Northern Flicker (v)
21. Tree Swallow
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. American Kestrel
24. Broad-winged Hawk
25. Red-tailed Hawk
26. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
27. Rose-breasted Grosbeak† (v)
28. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
29. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
30. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)


31. Wild Turkey
32. Rock Pigeon
33. Mallard
34. Turkey Vulture
35. House Finch

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


Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
House Finch, Rockport, Maine, 18 April 2017.

House Finch.

I listened to a House Finch sing this morning,
as often I do, But
I also watched it sing,

Brown-headed Cowbird (singing), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 April 2017.

Brown-headed Cowbird (singing).

cocking its head this way and that
as if to emphasize particular
notes and phrases.

I listened also to many other singing birds,
including two whose voices
I did not recognize.

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

1. American Robin (v)*
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)**
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. White-throated Sparrow
5. Song Sparrow**
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
8. Brown-headed Cowbird
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. American Goldfinch**
11. Eastern Phoebe**
12. American Crow*
13. Northern Flicker
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Tree Swallow
16. Northern Cardinal (v)**
17. Herring Gull*
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Red-winged Blackbird
20. Yellow-rumped Warbler
21. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Red-tailed Hawk
24. Purple Finch (v)


25. House Finch
26. Mourning Dove
27. European Starling
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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