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Good sleeping weather

Sunday, May 31st, 2015
American Goldfinch pair, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2015.

American Goldfinch pair.

Drizzly and damp early, but a little rain won’t stop me and Jack. Dim and dark, but plenty of bird activity in the woods of Beech Hill. Mostly voices—songs and notes and little yelps of alarm—but a few goldfinches at the summit stood out against the gray.

Tiny lichen, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2015.

Tiny lichen.

Dark clouds approaching from the west chased us back down before taking our usual stroll down the open trail. Plenty of birds in the bottomlands, though: Black-throated Blue Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Wood-pewee. All nesting down there again this year. Plus, I heard a drumming grouse.

Cool this evening. Should be good sleeping weather.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the wooded trail.

1. Veery** (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. Ovenbird**
5. Chestnut-sided warbler
6. Eastern Phoebe
7. American Redstart**
8. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
10. Common Yellowthroat**
11. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
12. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Gray Catbird
15. Cedar Waxwing (v)
16. Nashville Warbler (v)
17. Blue Jay (v)
18. Yellow Warbler**
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Song Sparrow
22. American Goldfinch
23. American Robin (v)
24. Mourning Dove (v)
25. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
26. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
27. Scarlet Tanager (v)
28. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
29. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
30. American Crow* (v)


31. Herring Gull
32. Northern Cardinal (v)

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


Different every day

Saturday, May 30th, 2015


Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2015.

Eastern Phoebe.

Every day is different on the hill. This day, I heard no pewees singing, nor any woodland veeries sounding the alarm as Jack and I passed their nesting regions. (I did hear one singing near the parking lot.) Birds must follow a tight schedule: mating, laying, hatching, fledging—all must happen fast.

Birch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2015.


It’s taken me a few years to get it, but I’m finally noticing how different every day is here where the seasons change.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked all tails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. American Redstart** (v)
5. Eastern Phoebe
6. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Mourning Dove*
13. Nashville Warbler (v)
14. Gray Catbird
15. Northern Flicker
16. Alder Flycatcher
17. Black-capped Chickadee
18. Yellow Warbler**
19. Blue Jay (v)
20. American Goldfinch
21. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
22. American Crow*
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Song Sparrow
25. American Robin
26. Common Raven
27. White-throated Sparrow (v)
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. Cedar Waxwing
30. Veery (v)
31. Wood Thrush (v)
32. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


33. Herring Gull
34. Laughing Gull
35. House Sparrow

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


Some pictures

Friday, May 29th, 2015
Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2015.

Eastern Phoebe.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2015.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2015.

Common Yellowthroat.

Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2015.

Gray Catbird.

Just a few pictures from my early morning hike with Jack-my-dog.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe
5. Red-eyed Vireo**
6. Veery** (v)
7. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
8. American Redstart**
9. American Goldfinch
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Black-capped Chickadee*
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Mourning Dove*
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. American Crow*
17. Alder Flycatcher (v)
18. Gray Catbird**
19. Nashville Warbler (v)
20. Yellow Warbler**
21. Eastern Wood-pewee
22. Blue Jay (v)
23. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
24. Field Sparrow (v)
25. Song Sparrow
26. Cedar Waxwing
27. Northern Flicker (v)
28. Wood Thrush (v)
29. Tree Swallow
30. Double-crested Cormorant
31. Northern Cardinal
32. Chipping Sparrow (v)
33. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
34. American Robin
35. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
36. Wild Turkey (v)
37. Downy Woodpecker


38. Herring Gull
39. Laughing Gull

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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