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Archive for September, 2013

Migration, cont’d

Monday, September 30th, 2013
Yellow-rumped warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 September 2013.

Yellow-rumped warbler.

Busy ol’ Monday. Cool outside, light winds. Thought about a bike ride but kept right on working instead. Until mid-afternoon, when I took Jack with me to take care of some errands. We ended up at Beech Hill.

White-crowned sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 September 2013.

White-crowned sparrow.

A few people there. A few dogs. A few birds—more than a few. Many yellow-rumps still, and another kinglet. Heard catbirds, towhees, flickers. Again white-throated sparrows appeared on the trail ahead of us. Three of them, this time.

Jays calling all over the place today. Funny how I hardly ever hear them in spring or early summer. They find their voices in fall.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American crow*
2. Yellow-rumped warbler
3. Black-capped chickadee** (v)
4. Ruby-crowned kinglet (v)
5. Eastern towhee (v)
6. White-crowned sparrow
7. Gray catbird (v)
8. Northern flicker (v)
9. Song sparrow
10. American goldfinch (v)
11. Blue jay** (v)


12. Herring gull

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


Migrating sparrow

Sunday, September 29th, 2013
White-crowned sparrow, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 29 September 2013.

White-crowned sparrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped chickadee (v)
2. American crow** (v)
3. Yellow-rumped warbler
4. Northern flicker (v)
5. White-crowned sparrow
6. American kestrel
7. Eastern towhee (v)
8. Northern parula
9. Downy woodpecker (v)


10. Herring gull
11. Blue jay
12. Rock pigeon

v = Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere



Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Magnolia warbler, Monhegan Island, Maine, 28 September 2013.

Magnolia warbler, Monhegan.

Up early, birded Monhegan until late morning, got my stuff together, took the Elizabeth Ann back inshore. The water was as smooth as new blacktop, the sun bright, a youthful eagle flapping to a perch on a tall spruce on an island.

Got my dog, put stuff away, took a hike up Beech Hill.

(I’ll compile my Monhegan list soon.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Common raven* (v)
2. Yellow-rumped warbler
3. American crow* (v)
4. Black-capped chickadee* (v)
5. Magnolia warbler*
6. Gray catbird** (v)
7. Ruby-crowned kinglet*


8. Cape May warbler
9. Herring gull
10. Blue jay
11. Northern flicker
12. Golden-crowned kinglet (v)
13. Black-capped chickadee
14. Black-and-white warbler
15. Carolina wren (v)
16. Red-breasted nuthatch (v)
17. Red-eyed vireo
18. Blue-headed vireo
19. Merlin
20. Northern harrier
21. Bald eagle
22. Great black-backed gull
23. Song sparrow
24. Swamp sparrow
25. Northern parula
26. Yellow-bellied sapsucker
27. Black-throated green warbler
28. Eastern phoebe
29. Sharp-shinned hawk
30. White-throated sparrow
31. White-crowned sparrow
32. Northern waterthrush
33. Mallard
34. Double-crested cormorant
35. Black guillemot
36. Semipalmated plover
37. European starling
38. Peregrine falcon
39. American robin
40. Northern mockingbird
41. Yellow-billed cuckoo
42. Yellow warbler
43. Downy woodpecker
44. Northern gannett
45. Laughing gull
46. Palm warbler
47. Mourning dove
48. Brown creeper
49. Cedar waxwing
50. American goldfinch

Magnolia warbler.
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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