26 May 2022

Magical Place

May 24th, 2022
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 May 2022.
Yellow Warbler.

Stayed up late last night, slept late-ish this morning. Captain Jack and I didn’t make it to the hill until about 8 o’clock sun time. Sunny and cool and breezy, didn’t think I’d list so many birds at the late hour—but turned out I matched yesterday’s total number of species.

No firsts-of-year, no lifers. Mostly the usual suspects (along with a calling Black-billed Cuckoo, a species I hope to catch sight of one day). Some posed, although my captures tended toward the plain.

Still, what a lovely morning, and what a magical place we get to hang out in every day, dog and me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:01 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler
3. Ovenbird**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Northern Cardinal** (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. American Crow*
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. Veery (v)
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Broad-winged Hawk
17. Eastern Towhee
18. American Redstart** (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Mourning Dove
22. Song Sparrow**
23. American Robin
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
25. Field Sparrow
26. Prairie Warbler (v)
27. Eastern Phoebe*
28. Downy Woodpecker (v)
29. Northern Parula (v)
30. Nashville Warbler (v)
31. Turkey Vulture*
32. Common Raven (v)
33. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
34. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

35. Wild Turkey
36. Mallard
37. Herring Gull
38. European Starling

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

†First-of-year

Tanager

May 23rd, 2022
Summer Tanager (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04856.
Summer Tanager (female), a lifer for me.

A mostly clear, coolish, breezy morning. Just a lovely day. Quite a few birds about despite the wind—including a surprise vagrant on our return, one that happened to be a lifer for me. A Summer Tanager (female).

I assumed at first it was a female Scarlet Tanager. Kind of embarrassed I didn’t notice the differences in the field. Unmistakable, though, in retrospect.

Otherwise just a very lovely day overall. Rode my bike this afternoon to do errands. (Never had thundershowers last night, BTW.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. Ovenbird**
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Song Sparrow**
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Veery (v)
11. Gray Catbird**
12. Wood Thrush (v)
13. Black-and-white Warbler
14. Northern Parula
15. Eastern Towhee
16. American Redstart
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Chipping Sparrow**
22. Field Sparrow
23. American Robin
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
25. Tree Swallow
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
28. Turkey Vulture*
29. Savannah Sparrow
30. Eastern Wood-pewee
31. Blue-headed Vireo
32. Brown Creeper
33. Summer Tanager†‡
34. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

35. Wild Turkey
36. Northern Cardinal (v)
37. Mallard
38. Mourning Dove (v)

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

†First-of-year
‡Lifer

Vireos, etc.

May 22nd, 2022
Blue-headed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 May 2022.
Blue-headed Vireo.

Another morning much like yesterday’s—although we hiked earlier, and the temperature was slightly higher, and the fog was quite a bit thicker. (Not as drippy, though.) And my list has the most bird species of any after my return to Maine.

The only first-of-year species was a Winter Wren I heard down along the wooded trail (where I used to hear a few).

But for some reason, this one involved focus on two vireo species: red-eyed and blue-headed. They both sang a lot, both posed for (dim, grainy-ish) photos. And I realized—even thinking back to a couple species in Utah—how much I dig vireos.

Might be a few thundershowers tonight, and then a sunnier day tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Ovenbird
5. Northern Parula**
6. Common Yellowthroat
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee
12. Veery
13. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
14. Northern Cardinal** (v)
15. American Crow* (v)
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. Black-and-white Warbler
18. Wood Thrush (v)
19. American Redstart* (v)
20. Eastern Bluebird
21. Blue-headed Vireo
22. Winter Wren† (v)
23. Alder Flycatcher (v)
24. Yellow Warbler
25. Eastern Towhee
26. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
27. American Goldfinch** (v)
28. Prairie Warbler (v)
29. Field Sparrow
30. Black-capped Chickadee*
31. Chipping Sparrow**
32. Common Raven (v)
33. American Robin
34. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
35. Eastern Phoebe*
36. Blue Jay (v)
37. Common Loon
38 Nashville Warbler (v)
39. Tree Swallow
40. Ruffed Grouse (booming)

Elsewhere

41. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
42. Purple Finch (v)

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

†First-of-year

 
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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