4 October 2022

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Subtlety

Monday, October 3rd, 2022
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 October 2022.
Brown Creeper.

Yet nippier this morning under clear blue skies. Slight breeze. Quiet in the woodlands—but birds were flitting about in the trees’ still-clinging leaves. But this is the season of low-key migration. Birds moving urgently over and through the landscape, but keenly aware of the dangers. You have to use your eyes as well as your ears.

Notable were the scores of Yellow-rumped Warblers moving through—by far the most abundant species. (And the only warbler.) Also, a pair of ravens flew over. Two nuthatch species. A couple bluebirds.

Perhaps it is my favorite season because of the subtlety—the lurking about, the laying low. Fall birding is a fun challenge, and a rewarding one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:38 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Yellow-rumped Warbler
2. American Goldfinch
3. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. Common Raven
6. American Robin
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Gray Catbird (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Brown Creeper
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. White-throated Sparrow
15. Dark-eyed Junco
16. Northern Flicker
17. Purple Finch
18. Eastern Bluebird (v)
19. Song Sparrow
20. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
21. Tufted Titmouse (v)
22. Red-eyed Vireo

Elsewhere

23. Herring Gull
24. Northern Cardinal (v)

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

†First-of-year

Flitting Migrants

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022
Swainson’s Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 October 2022.
Swainson’s Thrush.

Again nippy with partial sun, but rather windy when dog and I headed up the hill. With the loudly rustling leaves, it was hard to make out the voices of the birds in the woods—but I followed a couple pods of chickadees, who were (as often is the case) companied by quiet little warblers. Also vireos.

Four warbler spp., three corvid spp., two vireo spp, a pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks, an Osprey, and the southbound flight of three geese. Plus a raven—and another Swainson’s Thrush. (Growing to like the species a lot.)

I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Purple Finch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Blue-headed Vireo
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. Nashville Warbler
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Magnolia Warbler
10. Swainson’s Thrush
11. White-throated Sparrow*
12. Sharp-shinned Hawk
13. Canada Goose
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Dark-eyed Junco
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

20. Song Sparrow (v)

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

†First-of-year

Birdy Day

Saturday, October 1st, 2022
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 October 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Chilly again—upper 40s (F)—when we hit the trail, dog and I. Sunny at first, but an a thin layer of clouds overtook the sky before we’d hit the summit. Another birdy day.

Most notable were a Northern Harrier scanning the barrens for a good while, an American Kestrel perched on the highest spruce on the summit, and a Ruffed Grouse we flushed on our ascent. Also heard a raven, spied an osprey, encountered many, many Yellow-rumped Warblers.

I dearly love this time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:43 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. American Crow** (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Common Raven (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
10. Brown Creeper
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Red-eyed Vireo
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. American Robin*
15. Hermit Thrush
16. Gray Catbird (v)
17. Eastern Towhee (v)
18. Hairy Woodpecker
19. Ruffed Grouse
20. White-throated Sparrow (v)
21. Northern Harrier
22. Song Sparrow (v)
23. American Kestrel
24. American Goldfinch (v)
25. Osprey
26. Common Yellowthroat
27. Savannah Sparrow
28. Eastern Bluebird

Elsewhere

29. Carolina Wren (v)
30. Wild Turkey

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

(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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