14 August 2022

Lifer Empid

August 13th, 2022
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 August 2022.
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

The last bird on my list this lovely cool mostly overcast morning was a lifer: a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

Other fun things happened, too: a few quiet, wandering warblers; a little gang of turkeys, an oriole, first yellow-rump in a while—but the flycatcher took the cake.

Oddly, I neither heard nor saw an Alder Flycatcher today, but then this little flitting, fly-catching bird down in the woodlands (where yellow-bellies like to hang out) began to flutter off its perch to snatch flies out of the air, then return to its perch, flicking its tail slightly. The little tail-flick, plus the yellowish wash, plus the woodland habitat pretty much confirmed my ID.

A lifer day is always a good day—but would’ve been a good day anyway.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:33 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-and-white Warbler
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. American Goldfinch
5. American Robin
6. Downy Woodpecker (v)
7. American Crow*
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. Hermit Thrush (v)
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. Ovenbird
14. Wild Turkey
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Gray Catbird**
18. Northern Flicker
19. Baltimore Oriole
20. Red-breasted Nuthatch
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Yellow-rumped Warbler
23. Song Sparrow
24. Cedar Waxwing
25. Yellow Warbler (v)
26. Blue Jay (v)
27. Herring Gull
28. Mourning Dove*
29. American Redstart
30. Chestnut-sided Warbler
31. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher‡


32. Northern Cardinal

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere



August 12th, 2022
Raven flyby, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 August 2022.
Raven flyby.

Gotta admit, I love ravens. Smart birds, with a language of their own—croaks, and wails and baby-like cries and liquid sounds like water. There’s a nest somewhere near where Jack and I hike each day. Used to be just on the other side of Beech Hill Road, but I think it’s moved east a ways.

Today I heard a raven’s croak early in our hike, but didn’t see the bird (or another member of its family) until later. In flight. Croaking. Communicating with a distant relative.

Otherwise, a lovely hike—mostly sunny, with cool, dry [too dry] air and enough birds to keep my jumping. Including young waxwings learning how to pluck flies from a hatch atop the spruce grove.

Yep, we need rain. Will have some eventually—but maybe not tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Blue Jay
2. American Crow
3. American Goldfinch
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Ovenbird
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. Brown Creeper
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Northern Parula
11. American Redstart
12. Tufted Titmouse
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. American Robin
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Alder Flycatcher
17. Common Raven
18. Red-breasted Nuthatch
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Gray Catbird
21. Yellow Warbler
22. House Finch
23. Song Sparrow
24. Herring Gull
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Eastern Phoebe
27. Northern Cardinal


28. Osprey

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Swallows on a Cloudy Morn

August 11th, 2022

Overcast and cool (low-60s (F)) this morning, with just a whisper of a breeze. Quiet on the trail first thing, but occasional calls came through. They’re moving around, the migratory species. They’re readying for the long fall journey.

Notably, more orioles today, and a minor fly hatch atop the summit spruce grove. But most notably was the circling collection of about a dozen barn swallows, a few families catching flies.

And the last bird on my list? A loon calling from not that far above the trees as we neared the end of our hike, dog and me.

(Today I booked dog and me a ferry and room for a Monhegan birding trip next month. It’s been more than three years. Excited.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. American Crow*
3. American Goldfinch
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Blue Jay (v)
7. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
8. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. American Robin
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
11. Ovenbird
12. Eastern Wood-pewee
13. Brown Creeper (v)
14. Eastern Phoebe*
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Alder Flycatcher
17. Gray Catbird**
18. Northern Flicker
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Yellow Warbler (v)
21. White-throated Sparrow (v)
22. Baltimore Oriole
23. Barn Swallow
24. Song Sparrow
25. Field Sparrow
26. Least Flycatcher (v)
27. Common Yellowthroat (v)
28. Chestnut-sided Warbler
29. Common Loon (v)


30. Mourning Dove
31. Herring Gull
32. Rock Dove


American Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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