24 June 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Cowbird

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Cowbird fledgling begging for food from Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2017.

Brown-headed Cowbird fledgling begging for food from Eastern Phoebe.

I’m embarrassed to confess I goofed here up a week or two ago when I posted a photo of an “Eastern Phoebe” fledgling. Only today—when I saw what must’ve been the same bird being fed nearby by a frantic adult phoebe—did I realize my mistake. It was a cowbird.

Brown-headed Cowbirds are of course brood parasites: rather than build nests of their own, the females lay eggs in the nests of other birds, often dumping out their egg sin the process. I remember years ago spying a tiny wood-warbler flitting frantically around for food to stuff in the maw of a much larger cowbird fledgling.

I missed the ID when I spotted a chick flutter out of a phoebe’s nest for the first time. I recall thinking it rather odd-looking, but I guess I was too wrapped up in the moment, fixated on getting photos, to notice obvious field marks.

Well, today it was quite obvious. I felt kinda sorry for the phoebe.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Ovenbird (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. American Redstart** (v)
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler
6. American Robin*
7. Eastern Phoebe
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
9. American Goldfinch
10. Yellow Warbler (v)
11. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Song Sparrow
14. Gray Catbird*
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Savannah Sparrow
17. Tree Swallow
18. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
19. American Crow
20. Broad-winged Hawk
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Hermit Thrush (v)
23. Veery (v)
24. Brown-headed Cowbird

Elsewhere

25. Herring Gull

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

 

Summer Shade

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 June 2017.

Eastern Phoebe.

A glorious, lusty summer solstice, full of wind and scents and drama. A deer nearly ran across the road in front of Jack and me on our way to Beech Hill this morning, but veered away just as I began to jam on my brakes. The wind blew like crazy again, whipping the wings of near butterflies and the sails of far schooners. Clouds blew over, casting moving shade.

In the wind and shade, the world felt air-conditioned. In sunshine, warm as summer should be.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10 a.m.—and again at 3:30 p.m.—I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. American Redstart** (v)
3. American Goldfinch
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. American Robin*
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Chipping Sparrow**
8. Song Sparrow
9. Alder Flycatcher (v)
10. Tree Swallow
11. Yellow Warbler
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
13. Gray Catbird
14. Ovenbird (v)
15. American Crow* (v)
16. Savannah Sparrow
17. Eastern Phoebe
18. Northern Flicker (v)
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Common Raven (v)
21. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
22. Mourning Dove*

Elsewhere

23. Herring Gull
24. Double-crested Cormorant
25 Hairy Woodpecker (v)

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

 

Windy Afternoon

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 June 2017.

Savannah Sparrow.

Red-tailed Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 June 2017.

Red-tailed Hawk.

The morning drizzled, but the midday blew.
First it blew the clouds away—
all but a few that left long, fast shadows.
Then it blew perching Savannah Sparrows
that had to use their wings like highwire tools
to keep their balance on leafy perches.

And it billowed the sails
of boats in the bay.

The wind also blew about the butterflies
whose flight always strikes me as
astonishingly deft for all their floppy appearance.

But a Red-tailed Hawk used the wind
expertly
to circle, circle in the blue.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
2. American Goldfinch*
3. Chipping Sparrow (v)
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. American Robin*
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Yellow Warbler (v)
8. Eastern Phoebe
9. Song Sparrow
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Savannah Sparrow
12. Herring Gull*
13. Tree Swallow
14. American Crow*
15. Red-tailed Hawk
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Red-eyed Vireo (v)

Elsewhere

18. Mourning Dove
19. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
20. Northern Cardinal

Harris’s Checkerspot, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 June 2017.

Harris’s Checkerspot.

 
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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