15 August 2022

Summer’s Passage

August 14th, 2022
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 August 2022.
Brown Creeper.

Cool temperatures for the second straight morning. Dry, nearly cloudless sky. Few mosquitos (although one got me good), and lovely later-summer’s yellowish early light. Green and yellow and blue.

Good birds. Three nice chats with fellow humans. A couple nice photos.

Truly, I loved this day (as I will love tomorrow).

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Red-breasted Nuthatch
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Cedar Waxwing
6. American Crow*
7. Eastern Towhee**
8. American Redstart (v)
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. Veery (v)
12. American Robin*
13. Hermit Thrush (v)
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler
15. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. Downy Woodpecker
18. Eastern Phoebe
19. Brown Creeper
20. Tufted Titmouse (v)
21. Gray Catbird**
22. Common Yellowthroat (v)
23. Yellow-rumped Warbler
24. Yellow Warbler (v)
25. Song Sparrow
26. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
27. Alder Flycatcher
28. Least Flycatcher (v)
29. Black-and-white Warbler
30. Northern Cardinal (v)

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


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


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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