29 May 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Snakes in the Grass

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Garter Snake scales, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2017.

Garter Snake scales.

I’ve had snakes on my mind
these past few warming days,
knowing from past years they should be
on the move by now.

Veery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2017.


I even glimpsed the tail of one
that slipped into the grass along the trail.

Following Jack on the trail this morning,
I heard a soft rustling
in the leaves near my hiking boots—
“A snake, I bet,” is what I thought,
although I caught sight of nothing.

Perhaps a hundred feet along I heard
a similar sound and spied
a garter snake taking its low-key leave.

Tufted Titmouse, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2017.

Tufted Titmouse.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Ovenbird
4. White-breasted Nuthatch**
5. Red-eyed Vireo
6. American Goldfinch* (v)
7. American Robin*
8. Common Yellowthroat**
9. Veery
10. Northern Cardinal*
11. Osprey (v)
12. Gray Catbird*
13. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Mourning Dove**
16. American Crow*
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
19. Song Sparrow** (v)
20. Yellow Warbler**
21. Blue Jay (v)
22. Nashville Warbler
23. Brown Thrasher†
24. Eastern Phoebe*
25. Tree Swallow
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Tufted Titmouse  (v)
28. Field Sparrow (v)
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Eastern Bluebird (v)
31. Purple Finch (v)
32. Scarlet Tanager (v)
33. American Redstart
34. Brown-headed Cowbird


35. European Starling
36. Chipping Sparrow
37. Herring Gull

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

Swainson’s Thrush

Friday, May 19th, 2017
Swainson’s Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 May 2017.

Swainson’s Thrush.

I’m delighted to report that, on this warm, windy morning, a Swainson’s Thrush stopped by to say hello.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Black-throated Green Warbler
3. American Robin
4. American Goldfinch
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. American Redstart
7. Eastern Phoebe
8. Swainson’s Thrush
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Red-eyed Vireo
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Mourning Dove
13. Black-and-white Warbler
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Hermit Thrush
16. Alder Flycatcher
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Tree Swallow
20. Double-crested Cormorant
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Turkey Vulture
23. Field Sparrow
24. Northern Cardinal
25. Purple Finch
26. Common Raven
27. American Crow
28. Eastern Wood-pewee


29. Chipping Sparrow
30. European Starling
31. House Finch
32. Herring Gull
34. Rock Pigeon
35. Common Grackle

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



Friday, May 19th, 2017
Scarlet Tanager, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 May 2017.

Scarlet Tanager.

This day was a warm one. I missed scores of good photos—but got a good look at a singing tanager. (And survived a 14-mile bike ride later in the day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. Common Yellowthroat (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. American Redstart**
7. American Crow*
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. Mourning Dove (v)
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Red-eyed Vireo†
12. Black-and-white Warbler
13. American Robin*
14. Black-capped Chickadee**
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Gray Catbird**
17. Yellow Warbler**
18. Alder Flycatcher† (v)
19. Scarlet Tanager
20. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
21. Tree Swallow
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. Tufted Titmouse
24. Field Sparrow
25. Northern Cardinal** (v)
26. Black-billed Cuckoo† (v)
27. Downy Woodpecker
28. Hermit Thrush (v)
29. Wild Turkey (v)
30. Eastern Wood-pewee† (v)


31. Common Grackle
32. House Finch (v)
33. Herring Gull
34. Chipping Sparrow (v)
35. Osprey
36. Mallard
37. House Sparrow
38. Turkey Vulture

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


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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