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I Love Savannah Sparrows

Friday, April 27th, 2018
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 APril 2018.

Savannah Sparrow.

I’d seen a couple Savannah Sparrows in the past few days, but I had’t yet heard one sing until this morning. Several little singers, posted at various locations around the summit fields, singing their sweet soothing song with the little hiccup at the end.

I love Savannah Sparrows.

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

1. American Goldfinch
2. American Robin*
3. Eastern Towhee
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Song Sparrow**
7. Black-capped Chickadee*
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Northern Cardinal (v)
10. Purple Finch (v)
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. Hermit Thrush (v)
13. Tree Swallow
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Savannah Sparrow
16. Eastern Bluebird
17. Turkey Vulture
18. Northern Harrier
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
20. Common Raven
21. Herring Gull*
22. Double-crested Cormorant
23. Mallard
24. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


25. Barred Owl (v)
26. Wild Turkey
27. European Starling
28 Canada Goose

v = Voice only
* Also elsewhere.

Towhees in the Rain

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
Eastern Towhee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 April 2018.

Eastern Towhee.

Heard a Barred Owl this early morning out my bedroom window. It uttered a single, descending hoot nearby, like the end of its usual call. After a minute, the hoot came softly, as the owl moved away.

Later, upon awakening, I waited for a lull in the rain, then hiked the hill with Jack—where we encountered towhees in the rain.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Song Sparrow
3. American Robin
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Eastern Phoebe
8. American Crow
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. American Goldfinch (v)
11. Northern Cardinal (v)
12. Purple Finch (v)
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
14. Hermit Thrush (v)


15. Barred Owl (v)
16. Herring Gull

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



Also A Raven

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 April 2018.

Common Raven.

Lovely gray-day hike this morning. Had three first-of-year species today (all sparrows): Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Eastern Towhee.

Also a raven.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. Song Sparrow**
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. American Robin*
7. Eastern Towhee (v)
8. Eastern Phoebe**
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)
10. Tree Swallow
11. Downy Woodpecker (v)
12. Savannah Sparrow
13. Field Sparrow
14. Common Raven
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. American Crow*
17. Northern Cardinal
18. Herring Gull**
19. Northern Harrier
20. Osprey
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Turkey Vulture
23. Eastern Bluebird


24. Chipping Sparrow
25. Common Grackle.

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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