24 April 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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And So It Begins Anew

Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Yellow-rumped warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 April 2018.

Yellow-rumped warbler.

Got out of my truck at Beech Hill to a serenade of wood frogs. Later, I spied my first Tree Swallow of the year. Also, at the summit, the first yellow-rump in spring plumage.

And so it begins.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Song Sparrow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
4. American Robin*
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Eastern Phoebe** (v)
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
10. Red-winged Blackbird
11. Herring Gull*
12. Northern Cardinal** (v)
13. Tree Swallow
14. Canada Goose (v)
15. Eastern Bluebird
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler†
17. Mourning Dove* (v)
18. Northern Flicker (v)
19. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
20. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
21. Dark-eyed Junco (v)


22. Rock Pigeon
23. Osprey

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


Little April Snow

Friday, April 6th, 2018
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 April 2018.

Eastern Bluebird.

A bright, brisk morning with clouds flying by. Temps around freezing kept mud to a minimum, but there weren’t a whole lot of birds around. Although I did watch a bluebird, a phoebe, and a robin flitting about the same little blueberry field for a while.

This was all before the little April snow.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. American Goldfinch** (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Eastern Bluebird
5. Eastern Phoebe
6. American Robin
7. American Crow*
8. Song Sparrow
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)


10. Herring Gull
11. House Finch
12. Red-winged Blackbird
13. Mallard
14. Northern Cardinal (v)

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


Birds in the Wind

Sunday, April 1st, 2018
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 April 2018.

Song Sparrow.

Overcast and wicked windy this morn. I thought I might end up with three or four species on my list—but the wind came from the southwest, and it carried with it species enough to count on two hands.

Saw a vulture, a harrier, a large flock of blackbirds, a larger flock of crows—but my favorite today was the quiet little Song Sparrow that flitted subtly across our path just as we’s about wrapped up our hike, dog and I. Won’t be long before I’ll be hearing Song Sparrows singing everywhere.

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

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Eastern Bluebird
5. American Robin*
6. Great Black-backed Gull
7. Turkey Vulture
8. Red-winged Blackbird
9. Northern Harrier
10. Song Sparrow


11. Mourning Dove
12. Northern Cardinal (v)
13. Herring Gull
14. Dark-eyed Junco (v)

v = Voice only
*Also 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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