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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


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.


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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