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    Errand day

    Saturday, August 29th, 2015
    Purple Finch (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2015.

    Purple Finch (female).

    Saturday, errand day. I got busy early, took care of chores, and still dog and I managed to hit Beech Hill before noon. A hazy sun, muggy 70s (F). Hardly any obvious birds—but they were around.

    Waxwing dream, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2015.

    Waxwing dream.

    Not until we got to the summit was there much activity at all, in fact. Moseyed over into the spruce grove and heard a the chip of Yellow-rumped Warbler, as it left a branch and flew down the eastern trail a bit. I thought I might catch a glimpse, so we headed down to the rocky overlook, and I began psh-ing a little. Right away a female Purple Finch appeared, vocalizing, clearly alarmed. And then, as we stood there, a Red-eyed Vireo appeared, and an Alder Flycatcher. Even a hummingbird zipped by and took a look at what all the fuss was about.

    I also got a look at what at first I thought was a monarch butterfly, but it turned out to be a viceroy.

    A cool evening, a full moon evening. In fact, as I write this, the moon is 99.999952234443% full according to this website I made a while ago.

    Beech Hill List
    Beginning at 11:15 a.m, I hiked the open trail.

    1. Gray Catbird**
    2. American Crow* (v)
    3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
    4. American Goldfinch (v)
    5. Cedar Waxwing
    6. Eastern Towhee (v)
    7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
    8. Purple Finch
    9. Red-eyed Vireo
    10. Alder Flycatcher
    11. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    12. Savannah Sparrow


    13. Blue Jay (v)
    14. Herring Gull
    15. Mourning Dove
    16. Sharp-shinned Hawk

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



    Thursday, May 14th, 2015
    Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2015.

    Chestnut-sided Warbler.

    It’s that time of year when the new foliage has somehow, miraculously, gone from buds to half-full-blown canopy, when warblers sing from every twig, when first-of-year migrating species seem to appear every day (Eastern Kingbird today). And Chestnut-sided Warblers at Beech Hill Preserve—many of them. So many I’m tempted to proclaim them the most abundant nesting species on the hill.

    And other birders. (Jack and I had a nice hike up with one this morning.)

    And photos. A time of photos.

    Here are a few.

    Northern Flicker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2015.

    Northern Flicker.

    Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2015.

    Black-and-white Warbler.

    Eastern Towhee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2015.

    Eastern Towhee.

    Red-tailed Hawk, South Street, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2015.

    Red-tailed Hawk.

    Beech Hill List
    Beginning at 7 a.m., I hiked all trails.

    1. Ovenbird**
    2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
    3. Eastern Phoebe
    4. Song Sparrow**
    5. Blue-headed Vireo
    6. Common Yellowthroat**
    7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
    8. Eastern Towhee
    9. American Goldfinch
    10. Black-and-white Warbler**
    11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
    12. Black-capped Chickadee
    13. Nashville Warbler (v)
    14. Gray Catbird**
    15. Veery**
    16. Mourning Dove
    17. Blue Jay
    18. Northern Flicker
    19. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
    20. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
    21. Red-bellied Woodpecker
    22. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
    23. Northern Cardinal** (v)
    24. Yellow Warbler
    25. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
    26. Chipping Sparrow (v)
    27. Eastern Kingbird†
    28. Savannah Sparrow
    29. Wild Turkey (v)
    30. Black-throated Blue Warbler
    31. Northern Parula (v)


    32. American Crow
    33. House Finch (v)
    34. Herring Gull
    35. Red-tailed Hawk
    36. Sharp-shinned Hawk

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



    Saturday, May 9th, 2015
    Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 May 2015.

    Common Yellowthroat.

    Up early, cool day heavy overcast early. Did not hear a lot of birds first thing—but after a little while, there they all were. Several nesting species have not yet arrived at Beech hill—flycatchers, Yellow Warbler, hummingbird, tanager, Red-eyed Vireo—but nearly all those that have did show up on my list today.

    Veery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 May 2015.


    But perhaps most interesting this morning were some instances that convinced me I’m getting to know Beech Hill pretty well.

    For instance, early in my hike with dog, I heard the drumming of a grouse ahead of us—quite nearby. Then came the song of a Chestnut-sided Warbler, and we started around a curve where I thought I might get a good look. But in the back of my mind, I thought, “That partridge is gonna flush,” and I kind of looked in the direction of its booming, and the grouse flushed, and I got to see it fly fast, right to left, in full view for three or four seconds.

    As we walked in the upper woods, I noticed a thrush walking the trail about thirty feet ahead of us. The native (non-robin) thrushes all look similar at first glance, but I knew it was a Veery. Just knew.

    Then, later, on the other side of the hill, I looked up in the fog to see a large black bird flying over—and I knew right away it was a raven, not a crow. Subtle clues, I guess: solitary bird, quiet, flying kind of low, coming from a particular direction. When it then began to soar, I wasn’t surprised. And after it disappeared over the trees, the voices of crows confirmed it.

    Love, in a way, is familiarity.

    Beech Hill List
    Beginning at 7 a.m., I hiked all trails.

    1. Black-capped Chickadee**
    2. Common Yellowthroat
    3. Ovenbird**
    4. Mourning Dove*
    5. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
    6. Eastern Towhee
    7. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
    8. Hermit Thrush
    9. Herring Gull* (v)
    10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
    11. Ruffed Grouse
    12. Veery
    13. Black-and-white Warbler**
    14. Black-throated Green Warbler
    15. Northern Cardinal**
    16. Blue Jay (v)
    17. American Goldfinch**
    18. Gray Catbird
    19. White-throated Sparrow (v)
    20. American Crow*
    21. Northern Flicker
    22. Song Sparrow**
    23. Wild Turkey
    24. Eastern Phoebe
    25. Savannah Sparrow
    26. Tufted Titmouse (v)
    27. Palm Warbler
    28. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
    29. American Robin*
    30. Nashville Warbler
    31. Chipping Sparrow (v)
    32. Common Raven
    33. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
    34. Northern Parula
    35. Winter Wren (v)
    36. Mallard


    37. House Finch (v)
    38. Common Grackle
    39. European Starling
    40. Sharp-shinned Hawk

    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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