12 November 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Archive for September, 2018

Fall Warblers

Sunday, September 30th, 2018
Palm Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 September 2018.

Palm Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 September 2018.

A nippy, partly cloud morning. Temps in the 40s—but rising pretty fast to about 40 by sundown. Calm breeze, birds about. First I had to check on the birds.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 September 2018.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

In particular, I enjoyed becoming acquainted with a stray Palms Warbler. What a handsome bird, and what an interesting downward-inflected chip note. Also got good looks at yellow-rumps, a White-throated sparrow, and a few other oddities (see list).

I also attended a memorial service this afternoon at the Camden Snow Bow. Moved and touched and taught.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
6. Eastern Towhee (v)
7. Philadelphia Vireo (v)
8. Song Sparrow
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler**
11. Palm Warbler
12. Purple Finch
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Blue Jay** (v)
15. Northern Parula
16. Downy Woodpecker
17. White-throated Sparrow
18. Dark-eyed Junco

Elsewhere

19. Herring Gull
20. American Robin
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. European Starling

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

 

Birds on the Move

Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 September 2018.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve.

Quite a little bird activity this lovely bright fall morning. Lots of yellow-rumps, plenty of finches, nuthatches and robins and sparrows. Catbirds. No obvious hawks today—but I’m sure they were around.

Fall migration thrills me. Birds on the move.

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

1. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler**
3. American Robin
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. American Crow*
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. Song Sparrow
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Gray Catbird (v)
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Purple Finch
12. American Goldfinch
13. White-throated Sparrow (v)
14. Blue Jay**

Elsewhere

15. Herring Gull
16. Northern Cardinal
17. Rock Pigeon
18. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

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

 

Chrysalis

Friday, September 28th, 2018
Almost-Monarch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 September 2018.

Almost-Monarch.

Gray morning, chilly, drizzly, lovely. No great bird pics, but I’ve been watching a Monarch chrysalis. (The butterfly will have likely emerged by tomorrow.)

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

1. Yellow-rumped Warbler
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Robin (v)
4. Eastern Bluebird (v)
5. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
6. Song Sparrow
7. Eastern Towhee (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Purple Finch (v)
10. Northern Harrier
11. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)

Elsewhere

12. Herring Gull
13. House Sparrow
14. Rock Pigeon
15. Ring-billed Gull (v)

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



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