26 May 2022

Yellow and Blue

May 25th, 2022
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 25 May, 2022.
Yellow Warbler.

Still a cool spring morning, but with a warm sun and dappled sky. I was worried about Captain Jack (who had overnight intestinal issues)—but on the trail, he seemed the same good strong old dog as ever.

And despite the distraction about his health, I managed to beat the last couple days’ lists by a single bird.

Most memorable moment was perhaps a Yellow Warbler’s decision to sing from a high perch on a spruce at the summit—which made for a far clearer photo than I took of this same bird yesterday.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:37 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. Northern Cardinal** (v)
6. Veery (v)
7. Wood Thrush (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. American Redstart** (v)
11. American Goldfinch (v)
12. American Crow*
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Eastern Phoebe*
21. Blue Jay (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
23. Tree Swallow
24. Field Sparrow
25. Prairie Warbler
26. American Robin*
27. Eastern Bluebird
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Common Raven (v)
31. Purple Finch
32. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
33. Brown Creeper
34. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

36. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)

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

†First-of-year

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

 
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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