25 May 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘savannah sparrow’

A lot of other birds

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 24 May 2018.

Alder Flycatcher.

Alder Flycatchers are back, and that makes me happy. They’re not a striking bird to look at. Not particularly great singers. But by now I know and love them—along with the Great Crested Flycatchers we’ve had these years.

Of course a lot of other birds I love, as well.

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

1. Wood Thrush
2. Ovenbird
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. American Redstart
6. Veery
7. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Mourning Dove
11. Song Sparrow
12. Northern Flicker
13. Yellow Warbler
14. American Goldfinch
15. American Crow
16. American Robin
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
19. Eastern Wood-pewee
20. Gray Catbird
21. Alder Flycatcher
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Tree Swallow
24. Eastern Phoebe
25. Tree Swallow
26. Field Sparrow
27. Common Raven
28. Nashville Warbler
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Blue Jay
31. Savannah Sparrow
32. Hermit Thrush
33. Great Crested Flycatcher
34. Scarlet Tanager
35. Wild Turkey


36. European Starling
37. Common Grackle
38. Herring Gull
39. House sparrow

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

Hello, Nashville

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
Nashville Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2018.

Nashville Warbler.

The Nashville Warbler is a shy bird, in my experience. I hear their song all the time but can only seem to get glimpses of their unassuming gray-over-yellow plumage and white eye-ring. Just glimpses before they flit.

Until today. Today, somehow, I got a halfway decent photo.

Hello, Nashville.

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

1. Ovenbird**
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. American Redstart** (v)
4. Hermit Thrush
5. Great Crested Flycatcher
6. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
9. Northern Cardinal (v)
10. Yellow Warbler (v)
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Veery (v)
14. American Robin (v)
15. American Crow*
16. American Goldfinch (v)
17. Song Sparrow*
18. Gray Catbird* (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)
20. Savannah Sparrow
21. Tree Swallow
22. Purple Finch (v)
23. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
24. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
25. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
26. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
27. Nashville Warbler
28. Blue Jay (v)
29. Northern Flicker (v)
30. Scarlet Tanager (v)
31. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
32. Unidentified Empidonax


33. Eastern Phoebe
34. Wild Turkey
35. Herring Gull

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


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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