27 July 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘white-throated sparrow’

Conspicuously Everywhere

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
Common Whitetail, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 July 2017.

Common Whitetail.

They show up in deep summer. They enliven the landscape. They catch the attention of the man who’s usually obsessed with counting birds. I refer, of course, to dragonflies, butterflies, and the like—colorful, conspicuous flying insects.

Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 July 2017.

Chestnut-sided Warbler.

This past week has been fairly rich in Monarchs. Very rich in dragonflies, including Halloween Pennant, Black Saddlebags, Common Whitetail.

The wild birds, meantime, are distracted still by feeding all their youngsters. They’re inconspicuously everywhere.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler
2. American Robin*
3. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
4. American Goldfinch**
5. White-throated Sparrow (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
7. Eastern Towhee**
8. Hermit Thrush (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Alder Flycatcher (v)
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. American Crow*
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Song Sparrow
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Northern Cardinal** (v)
18. Yellow Warbler (v)
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch
23. Veery (v)
24. Field Sparrow (v)


25. Rock Pigeon
26. Herring Gull

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


After the Rain

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 July 2017.

Savannah Sparrow.

After the rain today, I saw two roadside deer, heard four singing (and one chipping) sparrows, said hello to the a birch I know, and enjoyed time with my dog.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Northern Flicker
2. American Robin
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. Eastern Towhee
5. American Goldfinch
6. Gray Catbird**
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. Song Sparrow
9. Alder Flycatcher
10. Yellow Warbler (v)
11. Tree Swallow
12. Cedar Waxwing (v)
13. American Crow*
14. Herring Gull*
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. White-throated Sparrow (v)
17. Veery (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow
19. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
20. Common Raven (v)
21. Chipping Sparrow (v)
22. Black-capped Chickadee (v)


23. Mourning Dove
24. Northern Cardinal
25. Rock Pigeon
26. Double-crested Cormorant
27. Red-tailed Hawk
28. European Starling

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


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


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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