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Ah, Fledglings

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Eye of the Towhee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31, 2018.

Eye of the Towhee.

Got to the hill a little late this morning on account of a speaking engagement at West Bay Rotary in Camden, so the temperature had by then gotten quite warm, and birds were hunkered down. Still got quite a lively list, though. And encountered evidence that at least one nesting robin had fledglings.

American Robin, Camden, Maine, 31 May 2018.

American Robin.

Ah, fledglings.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Wood Thrush (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler
6. American Robin
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Veery (v)
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. Herring Gull (v)
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. Eastern Wood-pewee
13. Least Flycatcher (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. American Goldfinch (v)
16. Alder Flycatcher
17. Yellow Warbler
18. Gray Catbird
19. Scarlet Tanager (v)
20. Common Yellowthroat
21. Song Sparrow
22. Tree Swallow
23. Eastern Phoebe
24. Field Sparrow (v)
25. American Crow
26. Chipping Sparrow
27. Hermit Thrush (v)
28. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)


29. Rock Pigeon
30. Mallard

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


Lovely Morning

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
Eastern Phoebe, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2018.

Eastern Phoebe.

After such a great birding hike yesterday, I was so eager to get going this morning that I forgot to put on my hiking boots. For the first time ever. Ended up wearing socks and sandals. How embarrassing. (At least I only had to pluck one tick off me—and only a couple off Jack.)

Cedar Waxwing, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2018.

Cedar Waxwing.

Not as crazy this morning, but still fun. Jack and I ran into a birding friend on the hill. Got a first-of-year Pine Warbler. Got a little video of a robin murdering a worm (which I’ll try to post later).

All in all, a lovely morning.

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

1. Wood Thrush (v)
2. Ovenbird** (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. Veery
5. Black-throated Green Warbler
6. American Redstart**
7. American Robin
8. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
9. Hermit Thrush (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Chipping Sparrow**
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler
15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
16. Gray Catbird**
17. Black-and-white Warbler
18. American Goldfinch (v)
19. Yellow Warbler (v)
20. Alder Flycatcher (v)
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
22. Song Sparrow*
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Eastern Phoebe*
25. Field Sparrow
26. Mourning Dove* (v)
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
29. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
30. Common Raven
31. Pine Warbler† (v)
32. Scarlet Tanager (v)
33. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
34. Blackpoll Warbler (v)
35. Least Flycatcher (v)
36. Downy Woodpecker


37. European Starling
38. Herring Gull
39. Osprey
40. Northern Cardinal

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

Field Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2018.

Field Sparrow.

What a Day

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
Blackburnian Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2018.

Blackburnian Warbler.

Black-billed Cuckoo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2018.

Black-billed Cuckoo.

Warm and summery. Mosquitos and other flies that birds like to eat attracted quite a few of ’em. In fact, surprisingly, I had three first-of-year birds: Cedar Waxwing (a little flock flying over), Blackburnian Warbler (singing high woodland canopy), and Philadelphia Vireo (which I ID’d from its song).

Plus, I scared up a pair of cuckoos, watched tanagers in the deeper woods, and, to top it off, heard the repeated ch-beks of a Least Flycatcher.

What a day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

Scarlet Tanager, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2018.

Scarlet Tanager.

1. Wood Thrush (v)
2. Ovenbird*
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Veery
5. Red-eyed Vireo
6. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat**
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
9. American Redstart**
10. American Robin
11. Blue Jay (v)
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)
13. Black-and-white Warbler
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Mourning Dove (v)
17. Gray Catbird**
18. Eastern Towhee
19. Black-capped Chickadee
20. American Goldfinch (v)
21. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
22. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Yellow Warbler (v)
25. Song Sparrow*
26. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
27. Field Sparrow (v)
28. Eastern Phoebe
29. Philadelphia Vireo† (v)
30. Cedar Waxwing†
31. Savannah Sparrow (v)
32. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
33. Turkey Vulture
34. American Crow*
35. Black-billed Cuckoo
36. Scarlet Tanager
37. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
38. Northern Parula (v)
39. Blackburnian Warbler†
40. Least Flycatcher (v)


41. Blackpoll Warbler (v)
42. Northern Cardinal (v)
43. Herring Gull
44. European Starling
45. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
46. House Sparrow (v)
47. House Finch (v)
48. Common Grackle
49. Chipping Sparrow
50. Northern Cardinal (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only 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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