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Sleeping well

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015


Wild Turkey, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 May 2015.

Wild Turkey.

Early hike with Jack. And in a t-shirt! ’Bout time.

Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 May 2015.

Black-and-white Warbler.

Sun and haze and sun. Ovenbird and yellowthroat and turkey. Migration has begun. (Well, not the turkey—the other guys.) Would’ve enjoyed the hike a lot more if I hadn’t come upon a bunch of senseless overnight vandalism by (no doubt) drunk idiots. They broke or pulled up posts, smashed a tractor window, overturned heavy boardwalks, and tried to kick in a couple windows up at Beech Nut. In thousands of hikes up there, that was a first. Just humans being humans, I guess. Congratulations dumbasses.

But the birds didn’t much care. They were active, singing, claiming territory. Crazy that I only have twenty-eight on my list, ’cause there seemed to be a lot more.

In afternoon I did so much yard work I made myself sore.

And tonight I shall sleep well.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. Ovenbird† (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Black-throated Green Warbler
5. Eastern Phoebe
6. Black-and-white Warbler**
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Hermit Thrush
9. Hairy Woodpecker
10. Purple Finch (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Blue Jay (v)
13. Common Yellowthroat†
14. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
15. Osprey
16. Nashville Warbler (v)
17. Herring Gull*
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Wild Turkey
20. Song Sparrow (v)
21. Northern Flicker (v)
22. Sharp-shinned Hawk
23. White-throated Sparrow (v)
24. Savannah Sparrow
25. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
26. Turkey Vulture
27. American Robin
28. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


29. Mourning Dove
30. European Starling

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

Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 May 2015.

Eastern Phoebe.


Five raptors

Sunday, April 5th, 2015
Red-shouldered Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 April 2015.

Red-shouldered Hawk.

Awoke to a chill and a little snow shower, but by late morning the sun had emerged, so—it being Eastern Sunday—I reckoned I should take a nice bright hike with Jack. However, as we arrived at the preserve, I noticed a huge blue-gray mass gathering over the inland hills. More snow, no doubt. But that was OK with us.

Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 April 2015.

Northern Harrier.

On the way up, I spotted a lone, lazy Turkey Vulture, a lone, flap-flap-flapping Sharp-tailed Hawk, a cruising Northern Harrier, and a hovering Red-tailed Hawk. Just as we got to the summit, the snow begin to fly. And, wow, what a squall. We hung out on the porch of Beech Nut, on the lee side, and watched the view become obscured. It was kind of amazing, tell you the truth, being up there just me and dog, hearing a distant siren above the sound of the wind in the spruce grove, little tiny snowflakes flying all around.

Finally it let up, as I knew it would, and the wide blue sky came back. And I saw a lone, handsome Red-shouldered Hawk float by down over the southeastern slope. In early spring, a hilltop will get you some hawks.

Had a ton of work to do—on taxes and the regular kind—some of which frustrated me.

But know what? All in all it was a pretty good day.

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

1. Turkey Vulture
2. Song Sparrow*
3. American Crow*
4. Sharp-shinned Hawk
5. Red-tailed Hawk
6. Northern Harrier
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)**
8. Herring Gull*
9. Red-shouldered Hawk†


10. House Sparrow
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. American Robin
13. White-throated Sparrow (v)

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


Fall’s last hurrah

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2014).

Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Another early Beech Hill hike today with dog. Again a clouds-and-sun sort of day and a walk among other weekend hikers. as the sun rose, it warmed the eastern slopes and vegetation, as the breeze came from the west. Dozens of Yellow-rumped Warblers flitted among the bayberry, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk circled above the summit.

Distant barren, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2014.

Distant barren.

The landscape just now looks like brush-strokes across a painter’s canvas, all red and green and gold. A late rain shower left a rainbow above the bay, and the horns of a crescent moon gave the darkening sky a thrill.

Even though, technically, autumn has a couple months to go, this sort of feels like fall’s last hurrah.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Dark-eyed Junco
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. White-throated Sparrow (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
7. Song Sparrow (v)
8. Sharp-shinned Hawk
9. Tufted Titmouse
10. American Robin*


11. Herring Gull
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

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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