29 May 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘white-throated sparrow’

Thrushes, Hawks, and an Ovenbird

Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Veery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2017.


Sun, light breeze, incoming birds, including first Veeries, Yellow Warblers, and Great Crested Flycatcher. One Veery was particularly agreeable—perching for a photo, hopping along the trail not far in front of Jack and me.

Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2017.

Hermit Thrush.

Saw an eagle, crows haranguing a raven, seven warblers species. And most exciting was a pair of Red-tailed Hawks that circled above the canopy as we descended the woods trail. The hawks were cool and unperturbed, taking their sweet time, as crows loudly escorted them above us. And one let out one of those rare amazing red-tail screams.

On a sad note: an Ovenbird lay dead at the back of Beech Nut, victim of an apparent window strike early this morning. I brought it down into the woods, where I could hear other Ovenbirds singing, and tossed it into some greenery by a stone wall—and right away a chipmunk poked its head out. And I thought, Oh great, that chipmunk’s gonna eat it.

But I suppose that’s just Nature’s way.

Fallen Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2017.

Fallen Ovenbird.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler
3. Ovenbird**
4. Black-and-white Warbler
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Common Yellowthroat
7. American Goldfinch**
8. Tufted Titmouse**
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Northern Parula
11. Black-capped Chickadee**
12. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
13. Blue Jay** (v)
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Veery
17. Song Sparrow
18. Red-winged Blackbird
19. Yellow Warbler (v)
20. Tree Swallow
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. Mourning Dove (v)
23. American Crow*
24. Brown-headed Cowbird
25. Herring Gull*
26. Northern Cardinal** (v)
27. American Robin*
28. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
29. White-throated Sparrow
30. Purple Finch (v)
31. Northern Flicker (v)
32. Bald Eagle
33. Common Raven
34. Red-tailed Hawk
35. Osprey (v)
36. Pileated Woodpecker
37. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)


38. European Starling
39. House Finch (v)
40. Chipping sparrow
41. Rock Pigeon
42. House Sparrow

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


A Few Warblers

Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Black-throated Green Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 May 2017.

Black-throated Green Warbler.

Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 May 2017.

Black-and-white Warbler.

Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 May 2017.

Common Yellowthroat.

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

1. Blue-headed Vireo
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler
4. Black-and-white Warbler
5. Wild Turkey (v)
6. American Goldfinch** (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Gray Catbird**
9. Northern Parula (v)
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. American Crow*
13. Song Sparrow**
14. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Tree Swallow
17. Eastern Phoebe*
18. Blue Jay
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
21. Northern Cardinal* (v)
22. Mourning Dove (v)
23. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
24. Tufted Titmouse*
25. Common Raven
26. Herring Gull*
27. White-throated Sparrow
28. Purple Finch (v)
29. Field Sparrow
30. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)


31. House Finch
32. Common Grackle (v)
33. Broad-winged Hawk

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


Comely Towhee

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Eastern Towhee (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 May 2017.

Eastern Towhee (female).

This morning at Beech Hill I stood and watched a comely female towhee preen for two-three minutes. (I also heard my first singing Hermit Thrush of the year.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. American Goldfinch
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Gray Catbird*
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Black-throated Green Warbler
8. Northern Cardinal** (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. Blue Jay**
12. American Crow*
13. American Robin*
14. Song Sparrow*
15. Tree Swallow
16. Herring Gull*
17. Bald Eagle
18. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
19. Purple Finch (va0
20. Downy Woodpecker** (v)
21. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
22. White-throated Sparrow (v)
23. Northern Flicker (v)
24. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
25. Hermit Thrush (v)
26. Eastern Phoebe
27. White-breasted Nuthatch


28. House Finch

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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