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Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 May 2017.

Common Yellowthroat.

While slowly ascending the upper Woods Trail at Beech Hill this overcast morning, looking for birds, Jack stopped abruptly, raised his head, and stared up into the trees, ears high. I’ve learned to pay attention to such alert behavior, and I thought, “Deer?” I peered in the direction he was looking and heard the sound of something large moving over last fall’s leaves.

Then I saw it—a deer. No, not a deer, a coyote! I big one, too, bounding away.

Jack never made a peep. Nor did I.

Nor did the coyote.

Beech Hill List

Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Eastern Phoebe**
3. Ovenbird
4. Black-and-white Warbler**
5. Hermit Thrush
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler
7. Veery (v)
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Gray Catbird*
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Mourning Dove
13. Yellow Warbler**
14. Alder Flycatcher (v)
15. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
16. Nashville Warbler (v)
17. Scarlet Tanager (v)
18. American Crow*
19. American Goldfinch* (v)
20. Common Yellowthroat
21. Song Sparrow
22. Tree Swallow
23. Eastern Bluebird
24. Northern Cardinal (v)
25. American Robin* (v)
26. Blue Jay** (v)


27. Chipping Sparrow
28. European Starling
29. Brown-headed Cowbird
30. Herring Gull
31. Rock Pigeon
32. Osprey
33. House Finch
34. House Sparrow (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
*Voice only elsewhere


Swallow Afterglow

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Tree Swallow (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 May 2017.

Tree Swallow (female).

On the green hill today I watched
Tree Swallows perch on trail-side posts.
A male would rise, approach its mate,

And if she would allow it, he
Would couple with her, and depart.
Then she’d just perch in afterglow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. Hermit Thrush
6. American Crow*
7. Yellow Warbler*
8. Gray Catbird*
9. Common Yellowthroat**
10. Veery (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
13. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
14. Mourning Dove**
15. Alder Flycatcher
16. Scarlet Tanager (v)
17. Song Sparrow**
18. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
19. Tree Swallow
20. Chipping Sparrow*
21. Purple Finch
22. Eastern Phoebe*
23. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
24. Blue Jay (v)
25. Savannah Sparrow
26. Northern Cardinal** (v)
27. Eastern Bluebird
28. Eastern Kingbird
29. American Goldfinch**
30. Tufted Titmouse (v)
31. White-breasted Nuthatch
32. American Robin*
33. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
34. Cedar Waxwing† (v)
35. Nashville Warbler
36. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
37. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
38. Northern Parula (v)


39. European Starling
40. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird


Forty Species

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 May 2017.


This partly damp, partly sunny morning, I saw a kingbird and heard a Yellow-throated Warbler.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Red-eyed Vireo
3. American Goldfinch*
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
5. Hermit Thrush
6. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Yellow Warbler*
9. American Redstart**
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Veery (v)
13. Mourning Dove** (v)
14. American Crow*
15. Scarlet Tanager (v)
16. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
17. Alder Flycatcher (v)
18. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
19. Pileated Woodpecker
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Tree Swallow
22. Black-and-white Warbler
23. Eastern Phoebe**
24. American Robin*
25. Purple Finch (v)
26. Eastern Kingbird†
27. Savannah Sparrow
28. Brown-headed Cowbird
29. Tufted Titmouse (v)
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Field Sparrow (v)
32. Wild Turkey (v)
33. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
34. Yellow-throated Vireo† (v)
35. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
36. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
37. Ruffed Grouse (booming)
38. Northern Cardinal** (v)
39. Downy Woodpecker (v)
40. Blue Jay** (v)


41. European Starling
42. Chipping Sparrow
43. House Finch

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice elsewhere
†First-of-year bird


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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