24 September 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Snakes and a Catbird

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Gray Catbird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 September 2017.

Gray Catbird (juvie)

For the past couple days I’ve seen a good-sized Smooth Green Snake on the same sunny stretch of trail. The first day, I had just said out loud to my dog that we might want to be on the look-out for snakes (I’d seen a couple garter snakes there before), but I guess I wasn’t really ready, because  I couldn’t focus my camera on it before it slipped away into the grass.

The second day, I said to my dog that we should really be looking for snakes right about there—and I didn’t even see the green snake in the sun before we were just about on top of it. It slipped away again. Same snake probably.

Here’s a photo of a young catbird.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Crow*
3. American Redstart
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. American Goldfinch
6. Eastern Towhee (v)
7. Merlin
8. Savannah Sparrow
9. Song Sparrow
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Gray Catbird
14. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
15. White-throated Sparrow (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat (v)
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven (v)
19. Blue Jay (v)
20. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

21. Mourning Dove
22. Herring Gull
23. Rock Pigeon
24. Downy Woodpecker (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Gallery: Cool Sunday

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Chipping Sparrow, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Chipping Sparrow.

Savannah Sparrows, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Savannah Sparrows.

Common Yellowthroat (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Common Yellowthroat (female).

Red-eyed Vireo (imm.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Red-eyed Vireo (imm.).

Northern Cardinal (molting male), Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Northern Cardinal (molting male).

Tufted Titmouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2017.

Tufted Titmouse.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Towhee** (v)
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. Gray Catbird*
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. Song Sparrow**
6. Common Yellowthroat
7. American Crow*
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Savannah Sparrow
10. American Kestrel
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Black-and-white Warbler
13. American Redstart
14. White-throated Sparrow
15. Red-eyed Vireo
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Tufted Titmouse
18. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

19. Mourning Dove
20. House Finch
21. Northern Cardinal
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Herring Gull
24. American Robin

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

 

Caterpillars

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
Philadelphia Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 August 2017.

Philadelphia Vireo.

Caterpillars at Beech Hill this morning—caterpillars everwhere. I watched one climb a strand of silk, watched another just hang there. And I saw several getting their brains bashed out by warblers and vireos.

Caterpillar on a strand, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 August 2017.

Caterpillar on a strand.

Among the vireos, a Philadelphia stood out: only the second I’ve seen up there (I’m pretty sure). I also saw a solitary Cliff Swallow being herded through the air by an angry hummingbird.

And I saw butterflies, several species. Nice to know some caterpillars survive through metamorphosis.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Song Sparrow
5. Gray Catbird
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Red-eyed Vireo**
8. American Goldfinch**
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. American Crow* (v)
11. Yellow Warbler (v)
12. Cliff Swallow
13. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
14. Cedar Waxwing
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
18. Ovenbird
19. Philadelphia Vireo
20. Black-and-white Warbler
21. Common Yellowthroat
22. White-throated Sparrow
23. Northern Cardinal
24. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
25. Broad-winged Hawk

Elsewhere

26. Mourning Dove
27. Herring Gull
28. Osprey

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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