21 July 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

A Memorable Morning

July 20th, 2018
Common Yellowthroat (mama), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 July 2018.

Common Yellowthroat (mama).

Such a sweet, clear, cool morning. Fledglings all over the place (but hidden); their parents madly running down food. But the most thrilling several minutes happened at the Beech Hill summit, where one of summer’s annual fly hatches took place up in the spruce grove, and it drew multiple species to the tips of the trees—including a male Scarlet Tanager.

Scarlet Tanager(male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 July 2018.

Scarlet Tanager.

A memorable morning.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. American Robin* (v)
5. American Crow*
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat**
8. Northern Cardinal* (v)
9. Yellow Warbler (v)
10. Song Sparrow
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. Eastern Phoebe
15. Alder Flycatcher
16. Mourning Dove* (v)
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Eastern Bluebird (v)
19. Gray Catbird
20. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Purple Finch
23. Yellow-rumped Warbler
24. Scarlet Tanager
25. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)


26. House Finch (v)
27. Northern Flicker (v)
28. Herring Gull
29. Rock Pigeon

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



July 19th, 2018
Baltimore Oriole (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 July 2018.

Baltimore Oriole (female).

A cool, sunny morning. We got to the hill fairly early, dog and I, but by the time our hike was done, the parking lot was full of cars. Got a glimpse of a pair of Black-Billed Cuckoos (!) and saw a pair—at least a pair—of orioles. Also enjoyed a few interesting conversations.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Mourning Dove* (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Song Sparrow
7. American Goldfinch**
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
9. Gray Catbird
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Cedar Waxwing**
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Alder Flycatcher
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Herring Gull*
18. Baltimore Oriole
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Tufted Titmouse (v)
21. American Robin*
22. Purple Finch
23. Black-billed Cuckoo
24. Turkey Vulture
25. Chipping Sparrow* (v)


26. Rock Pigeon
27. Broad-winged Hawk

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


Feeding Fledglings

July 18th, 2018
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 July 2018.

Chestnut-sided Warbler.

The highlight of this morning’s hike came early: the busy work of a papa Chestnut-sided Warbler to feed his three fledglings, each at least twenty feet away from any other. The youngsters were loud, delivering double chip-chip! calls until Jack and I got close, when they’d shut up. Temporarily. Because if we stood very still for a while (we’re both good at that), they’d start up again. Then, after a while, when the adult returned and saw us, there’d come a series of single loud chip! notes, and they’d shut up again.

This papa bird was a busy one. It ain’t easy feeding fledglings.

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

1. Mourning Dove*
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
4. Veery (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Field Sparrow (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Song Sparrow
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Gray Catbird
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Herring Gull* (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat**
15. Common Raven
16. Northern Cardinal (v)
17. Cedar Waxwing


18. Chipping Sparrow (v)
19. House Finch (v)

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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