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Summer Warmth

Saturday, June 30th, 2018
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2018.

Savannah Sparrow.

A bright, warm morning, with remnants of rain remaining in the shade. Wore shorts and sandals for a change  o. Birds about, although still being sneaky. Sparrows perched and sang Hardly anywhere other humans up there this morning despite it being a balmy Saturday morning

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

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


32. Wild Turkey
33. Herring Gull

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


Bit of a Scorcher

Friday, June 29th, 2018
American Redstart (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 June 2018.

American Redstart (male).

Warm and humid and wet this morning. Had a good soaking with yesterday’s rain, but by mid-morning, it’d become a scorcher. Humid. Bit of a breeze. Saw or heard quite a few birds—including a redstart sitting and preening and singing, as I’ve noticed they do at this time of year. I figure it has something to do with teaching the fledgling how the song goes.

Also spied another hare—or probably the same, tamish hare—on the road by the preserve.

This afternoon, while mowing the lawn, I managed to miss an active garter snake. As soon as packed everything up and came in, it began to pour. A quick shower, though, and in its wake a little gang of gulls began to stalk the freshly mowed lawn, yanking up earthworms.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Veery
5. American Robin* (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. American Redstart**
9. Eastern Phoebe
10. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
11. Northern Cardinal* (v)
12. Gray Catbird
13. Common Yellowthroat** (v)
14. American Crow*
15. Yellow Warbler (v)
16. Song Sparrow
17. Alder Flycatcher (v)
18. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
19. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
20. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
21. Field Sparrow
22. Cedar Waxwing
23. Savannah Sparrow
24. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
25. Mourning Dove*
26. Tree Swallow (v)
27. Purple Finch (v)


28. Herring Gull
29. Rock Pigeon

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


Rainy Day

Thursday, June 28th, 2018
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 June 2018.

Savannah Sparrow.

Light rain this morning. Then a short downpour. Then a break in the rain—which is when Jack and I took a quick hike up Beech Hill. Had more birds on my list than I expected to have (although I saw only a few). As we descended, it began to rain lightly again, but the heavy stuff waited until we got home.

I do love a rainy day.

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

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
2. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Eastern Towhee (v)
6. Ovenbird (v)
7. Song Sparrow
8. Gray Catbird
9. Common Yellowthroat**
10. Alder Flycatcher (v)
11. Field Sparrow (v)
12. Savannah Sparrow
13. Yellow Warbler (v)
14. Mourning Dove*
15. American Crow* (v)
16. Cedar Waxwing (v)
17. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
18. Northern Cardinal (v)
19. Black-capped Chickadee (v)


20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Herring Gull
22. Eastern Phoebe

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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