12 November 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Archive for July, 2018

A Kingbird Day

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
Eastern Kingbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 July 2018.

Eastern Kingbird.

Last day of July already? Where the hoo-ha does the time go. Which is an odd expression, when you think about it, since the time doesn’t actually go anywhere—it just is. Mystery of mysteries. Might as well ask where the birds go, which is nearly as mystifying a question.

Cedar Waxwing, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 July 2018.

Cedar Waxwing.

This morning at the hill, while standing in the spruce grove watching Cedar Waxwings picking off flies in swarms from a summer hatch, I spotted a pair of Eastern Kingbirds. They were no doubt attracted—unsurprisingly—by the same fly hatch. I see kingbirds only occasionally during the year up there.

Well, today was a kingbird day.

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

1. American Robin*
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Song Sparrow
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Gray Catbird
7. Blue Jay** (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. Hermit Thrush (v)
11. Eastern Phoebe
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)
13. Field Sparrow
14. Barn Swallow
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Mourning Dove*
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Eastern Kingbird

Elsewhere

19. Herring Gull
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Rock Pigeon
22. House Sparrow (v)

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

 

Good Times

Monday, July 30th, 2018
Field Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2018.

Field Sparrow.

Monday morning, lovely morning, joined at the hill by other hikers, friends among them, old and new. Bird friends also—same thrush as yesterday, same singing cardinal—and a little show-and-tell.

American Crows playing games with a stick, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2018.

American Crows playing games with a stick.

Later, back home, I spent some time watching through the front screen as a pair of crows played what appeared to be an elaborate game with a stick.

Good times.

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

1. American Robin
2. Hermit Thrush
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. American Goldfinch
5. Song Sparrow
6. American Crow* (v)
7. Blue Jay** (v)
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Northern Cardinal* (v)
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Common Yellowthroat (v)
12. Eastern Bluebird (v)
13. Barn Swallow
14. Gray Catbird
15. Field Sparrow
16. Savannah Sparrow (v)
17. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
18. Purple Finch (v)
19. Herring Gull*
20. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

21. Wild Turkey

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

 

Osprey Atop the Fire Station

Sunday, July 29th, 2018
Osprey atop the fire station, Rockland, Maine, 29 July 2018.

Osprey atop the fire station, Rockland, Maine.

The hill was lovely, bright, and warm. Several birds appeared—or sang. I ate a few blueberries. (Jack did, too.) I plucked and ate two fireweed blossoms. I felt the warm sun on my back.

But the coolest thing was seeing an osprey—and, while stopped at a traffic signal, photographing it through my windshield—while driving in town.

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

1. American Robin (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Gray Catbird
4. Eastern Bluebird (v)
5. American Goldfinch**
6. Song Sparrow
7. Northern Cardinal** (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Blue Jay** (v)
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. Field Sparrow (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Herring Gull*
15. Purple Finch (v)
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Alder Flycatcher (v)
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. American Crow*
20 Chestnut-sided Warbler

Elsewhere

21. American Redstart
22. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
23. House Sparrow (v)
24. Osprey

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

 

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



3IP Logo
©1997–2019 by 3IP