9 October 2015 Rockport, Maine, USA 
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So many Monarchs

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Common Raven, Monhegan Island, Maine, 20 September  2015.

Common Raven.

Scrambled around this morning to make sure to get to the boat on time. Made it! And within the hour, daughter and I were setting foot on Monhegan Island. A more magical place I’m not sure I’ve ever been to.

Monarch butterfly, Monhegan Island, Maine, 20 September 2015.

Monarch butterfly.

The usual fall-migration birding hasn’t really taken off yet, from what I understand. And I didn’t spot many species—nor any “lifers” yet, as I seem nearly always to do out here. But it’s great to be here, wonderful to introduce Sarah (no birder, although she likes birds) to the place, Lovely to run into old friends whom I see just once a year.

Perhaps the most inspiring thing I’ve witnessed out here is the large number of Monarch butterflies moving through. What with the bane that is Roundup®, and the decline of milkweed, this lovely butterfly’s numbers have taken a nosedive lately. I’d seen just one this year before setting foot out here—and now, barely ten hours later, I can attest to having seen at least fifty or sixty—plus, a few chrysalises.

Also ravens, sharpies, an Osprey, an oriole, and other birds.

I can hardly believe we’re here for five more days.

Monhegan Island List
Beginning at about 11:30 a.m., I walked around Monhegan.

1. Herring Gull*
5. Northern Mockingbird
6. Northern Flicker
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk
8. Common Raven
9. Osprey
10. Peregrine Falcon
11. Common Grackle
12. Eastern Phoebe
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Song Sparrow
16. European Starling
17. American Crow*
18. Great Cormorant
19. Cedar Waxwing**
20. Common Eider
21. Yellow-rumped Warbler
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Baltimore Oriole


24. Mourning dove
25. Bald Eagle
26. Belted Kingfisher

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


Quiet evening

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Song Sparrow (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 September 2015.

Song Sparrow (juvie).

For the first time in I don’t know how long, Jack didn’t accompany me on my Beech Hill hike today. (He’s taking it easy after yesterday’s little dustup.) Ironically, I brought a poop bag back with me—his own poop bag from yesterday, which I lost track of during the, um, little episode.

Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 September 2015.

Northern Harrier.

Anyway, I took my time, stood looking into a young wooded area for several minutes, which revealed chickadees cardinals, and a male redstart. Only the chickadees were making any sound at all. Then, on up the hill, I spotted my first harrier in a while. Heard the soft squee! of a waxwing. Heard alarm notes from: Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, catbird. Spotted (but did not hear) a secretive towhee.

Did hear the brief calls of goldfinch, yellowthroat, and Pileated Woodpecker.

All in all, though, a quiet evening.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Northern Cardinal
3. American Redstart
4. Northern Harrier
5. Cedar Waxwing
6. Song Sparrow
7. Gray Catbird** (v)
8. White-throated Sparrow
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Common Yellowthroat (v)
11. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
12. American Goldfinch (v)


13. Sharp-shinned Hawk
14. Downy Woodpecker
15. Herring Gull
16. Rock Pigeon
17. Mourning Dove
18. American Crow
19. Double-crested Cormorant

v = Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere



Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Cedar Waxwing, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 September 2015.

Cedar Waxwing.

A sunny, summery first of September day. Tons of busy desk work—and then a late-afternoon hike with dog. The hike was noteworthy because of: a) very few birds at first, b) a little jumble of them later, including two hawk species, c) frustration over some missed dragonfly photos, d) a dog fight.

The dog fight was kind of scary—basically, a friend’s strong young dog lunged at Jack on his leash and got loose from his collar. A swift whirlwind of dog-to-dog combat ensued. Jack held his own but ended up with a couple minor puncture wounds. (He’s licking one of them as I type.) He’ll be fine, I feel sure—but, kind of an unsettling end of the day.

Then again, what is life without a little drama?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Cedar Waxwing
3. Song Sparrow (v)
4. Herring Gull*
5. Purple Finch (v)
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Sharp-shinned Hawk
9. Broad-winged Hawk
10. Mourning Dove*


11. House Finch (v)
12. Osprey (v)
13. American Crow
14. 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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