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Archive for September, 2017

Woodpeckers

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
Hairy Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 September, 2017.

Hairy Woodpecker.

Got followed up the trail by a vocal Hairy Woodpecker today. Had two other woodpeckers on my list, as well—on an otherwise semi-foggy, lovely, warm, low-species morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay**
2. Eastern Towhee
3. Downy Woodpecker**
4. Song Sparrow
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Cedar Waxwing
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker
10. Northern Flicker
11. American Crow*
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. White-throated Sparrow (v)
14. Eastern Phoebe
15. Gray Catbird (v)

Elsewhere

16. Mourning Dove

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

 

Fall Surprises

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
Black-throated Blue Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 September 2017.

Black-throated Blue Warbler (female).

I love fall migration for its inevitable, unpredictable surprises. This lovely—truly lovely—morning I was surprised and delighted to encounter a female Black-throated Blue Warbler poking about for caterpillars. I couldn’t ID her in the field, being so obsessed with yoinking a photo, but it became clear on first glance at the pic later. Lovely bird.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 September 2017.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Yellow-rumps, flickers, and waxwings still. Catbirds and towhees. Sparrows. And a comely little warbler I rarely see.

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

1. Blue Jay**
2. Eastern Towhee (v)
3. American Goldfinch* (v)
4. Black-throated Blue Warbler
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. American Crow*
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Northern Flicker
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Song Sparrow
14. Eastern Phoebe
15. American Robin
16. White-throated Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

17. Rock Pigeon
18. Mourning Dove
19. Herring Gull
20. Mallard

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

 

Waxwing, Waxing

Monday, September 25th, 2017
Waxwings and fly swarm, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 September 2017.

Waxwings and fly swarm.

Unseasonably warm again. Good hike. Many yellow-rumps. Another fly swarm in the spruce grove, attended by ’rumps and waxwings.

Waxing crescent, Rockport, Maine, 25 September 2017.

Waxing crescent.

Tonight, a waxing crescent.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. Blue Jay**
3. Gray Catbird
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. White-throated Sparrow (v)
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Song Sparrow
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. Northern Flicker
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Common Yellowthroat (v)
12. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
13. American Crow*
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

16. Mourning Dove
17. Rock Pigeon
18. Herring 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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