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Beech Hill list (28 May 2009)

Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Wet eastern towhee (female), Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 28 May 2009.

Wet eastern towhee (female).

7:30–8:30 a.m., wet. Walked the wooded trail.

On a number of Beech Hill lists this spring I’ve noted identification a ruby-throated hummingbird by its voice. I’d like to clarify this. First, more than once I’ve counted this species only because of the unmistakable sound of its wingbeats as it buzzes by my ears; sometimes—e.g., when communicating to other hummingbirds—it might also be chattering. But in recent days, I have for the first time discovered a soft, subtle two-note call uttered by (I’m pretty sure) female ruby-throats when (I presume) near a nest. It’s very distinctive, a tiny paired du-du, du-du repeated a number of times. I love being able to ID this amazing bird that way.

Black-capped chickadee (voice)
Eastern towhee
Gray catbird
Chestnut-sided warbler
Nashville warbler
Ovenbird (voice)
Common yellowthroat
Black-and-white warbler (voice)
American redstart (voice)
Ruby-throated hummingbird (voice)
Alder flycatcher
American goldfinch
Red-eyed vireo
Eastern phoebe
Veery (voice)
Song sparrow (voice)
White-throated sparrow (voice)
American crow (voice)
Northern flicker (voice)
Blue jay (voice)

Beech Hill list (27 May 2009)

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Gray catbird, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 27 May 2009.

Gray catbird.

6:45–8:15 a.m. Walked the wooded trail.

Grooming chestnut-sided warbler, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 27 May 2009.

Grooming chestnut-sided warbler.

Eastern phoebe
Eastern wood-pewee (voice)
Alder flycatcher (voice)
Great-crested flycatcher (voice)
Hermit thrush (voice)
Wood thrush (voice)
Veery (voice)
Song sparrow (voice)
White-throated sparrow (voice)
Savannah sparrow (voice)
Field sparrow (voice)
Blue jay (voice)
American crow (voice)
Tree swallow
Eastern towhee
Gray catbird
Ruby-throated hummingbird
Tufted titmouse (voice)
Black-capped chickadee
Black-and-white warbler
American redstart (voice)
Chestnut-sided warbler
Black-throated green warbler (voice)
Yellow warbler (voice)
Ovenbird
Common yellowthroat
Mourning dove (voice)
Red-eyed vireo
American goldfinch

Also notable: American red squirrel.

Chestnut-sided warbler with bee.

Chestnut-sided warbler with bee.

Beech Hill list (26 May 2009)

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
Yellow warbler, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 26 May 2009.

Yellow warbler.

Walked the wooded trail.

Yellow warbler

Yellow warbler.

Black-capped chickadee
Gray catbird
Eastern phoebe
Alder flycatcher (voice)
Easter wood-pewee (voice)
American crow
Common raven (voice)
Red-eyed vireo
Cedar waxwing
Barred owl (voice)
Yellow-billed cuckoo (voice)
Song sparrow
White-throated sparrow (voice)
Savannah sparrow (voice)
American goldfinch (voice)
Blue jay (voice)
Eastern towhee
Yellow warbler
Common yellowthroat
American redstart (voice)
Black-and-white warbler (voice)
Nashville warbler (voice)
Chestnut-sided warbler
Ovenbird
Mourning dove (voice)
Ruby-throated hummingbird (voice)
Veery (voice)

Also notable: American red squirrel.

Wooded Beech Hill trail, Rockport, Maine, 26 May 2009.

Wooded Beech Hill trail.

 
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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