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Sunday, June 30th, 2013
American robin, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2013.

American robin.

Overcast early, but dry for a change. Took us a little time, but Jack and I made our way up to Beech Hill, where birds were singing and mosquitos were humming and the air hung damp and warm. Heard a great crested flycatcher, which was fun—but I’d just really like to get a good look at one for a change.

First-of-year wood lily, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2013.

First-of-year wood lily.

Right about the time we reached the summit, the sun emerged, and things immediately got a lot warmer and the wind picked up. And all around us where fledglings. Sparrows got fledglings, warblers got fledglings, thrushes got fledglings—it’s that fledgling time of year.

Now that the sun was out, a couple old friends reemerged down the lower wooded trail: the Blackburnian warbler and the black-throated blue. Oh, and the tanager.

Later I rode twenty miles on my bicycle. Then I mowed the long.

Now I’m kind of tuckered.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 p.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Red-eyed vireo**
3. Black-throated green warbler (v)
4. Chestnut-sided warbler** (v)
5. Great crested flycatcher (v)
6. Veery
7. Black-capped chickadee (v)
8. Hermit thrush (v)
9. Common yellowthroat**
10. Eastern towhee
11. American crow*
12. Gray catbird**
13. American redstart** (v)
14. Black-and-white warbler (v)
15. Cedar waxwing**
16. Alder flycatcher (v)
17. Mourning dove*
18. Eastern wood-pewee
19. Yellow warbler**
20. Blue jay
21. Savannah sparrow
22. American robin**
23. American goldfinch (v)
24. Song sparrow**
25. Field sparrow (v)
26. Northern flicker
27. House finch**
28. Chipping sparrow**
29. Tufted titmouse** (v)
30. Herring gull*
31. Red-tailed hawk
32. Blackburnian warbler
33. Black-throated blue warbler (v)
34. Scarlet tanager (v)


35. Northern cardinal (v)
36. Great blue heron
37. Rock pigeon
38. House sparrow (v)
39. Osprey

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

Future blackberries, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2013.

Future blackberries.


Soggy day

Saturday, June 29th, 2013
Eastern wood-pewee and red-eyed vireo, Beech Hiil Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 June 2013.

Eastern wood-pewee and red-eyed vireo.

More rain and humidity. Wetness, waterloggedness. The wettest year by far (so far) than any since I’ve lived in Maine. Something’s going on when it comes to the global climate, that’s for sure.

Veery, Beech Hiil Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 June 2013.


Finally got out in it. Got up to Beech Hill. Walked all trails. So dim that photography was nearly impossible—but not completely so. In fact, I got some moody, blurry, ephemeral sorts of images—including one of a chasing pewee and vireo.

Thick fog at the summit. Also a Savannah sparrow chipping at Jack and me from the roof of Beech Nut.

Mosquitos swarming.

Dampness, mud, humidity.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:45 p.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed vireo**
2. Chestnut-sided warbler (v)
3. Black-throated green warbler (v)
4. Eastern phoebe**
5. Ovenbird**
6. Veery
7. Common yellowthroat**
8. American crow*
9. Eastern wood-pewee
10. Black-capped chickadee
11. American robin**
12. Tufted titmouse**
13. Hairy woodpecker
14. American goldfinch (v)
15. Mourning dove*
16. Scarlet tanager (v)
17. Hermit thrush (v)
18. Gray catbird**
19. Eastern towhee
20. Alder flycatcher (v)
21. Black-and-white warbler (v)
22. Savannah sparrow
23. Song sparrow**
24. Yellow warbler**
25. Downy woodpecker
26. Field sparrow (v)
27. American redstart** (v)
28. Chipping sparrow (v)
29. Purple finch (v)
30. Cedar waxwing (v)


31. Herring gull
32. Northern cardinal (v)
33. House finch (v)

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


Blessed and grateful

Friday, June 28th, 2013
Song sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 June 2013.

Song sparrow.

Rain this morning, rain at midday, rain in afternoon. Light rain, heavy rain. Rain falling from the trees—the trees of Beech Hill, which (because of urgent busy-ness) Jack and I didn’t get to hiking until the end of this Friday workday.

I wore a hooded sweatshirt for the first time in a while. It was cool enough.

Happily, amid all the sogginess and sloshy going and drip, drip, drip from the canopy, birds were active. In part, perhaps, because it’s early summer, and fledglings are leaving the nest. Several times I heard the loud, sibilant voices of fledglings in the undergrowth and trailside bushes. Notably, I never did see the young bird—but I did see or hear the parent. A song sparrow on the misty-foggy open trail, a robin in the woods. Yellowthroats and veeries yelled at us. Also a chestnut-sided warbler.

Heard the secret peeps of an alder flycatcher.

And all of this on a day of incessant rain.

So blessed and grateful to be living my life on our tilted water planet.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5 p.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed vireo (v)
2. Ovenbird (v)
3. Common yellowthroat**
4. Veery
5. Chestnut-sided warbler
6. Hairy woodpecker (v)
7. Hermit thrush (v)
8. Eastern wood-pewee (v)
9. Eastern towhee
10. Black-capped chickadee
11. American crow* (v)
12. American robin** (v)
13. Black-throated green warbler (v)
14. Black-throated blue warbler (v)
15. American goldfinch (v)
16. Gray catbird
17. Purple finch (v)
17. Savannah sparrow
18. Yellow warbler (v)
19. Song sparrow**
20. Alder flycatcher (v)
21. Field sparrow (v)
22. Mourning dove* (v)
23. American redstart (v)
24. Cedar waxwing
25. Black-and-white warbler (v)
26. Northern flicker (v)


27. Herring gull
28. Common grackle
29. Northern cardinal (v)

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


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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