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Thanks, Nature

Friday, May 31st, 2019
Wilson’s Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2019.
Wilson’s Warbler.

Thick fog early. Again I didn’t expect much in the way of bird activity—or photos. Again I was wrong.

In fact, I had a first-of-year Blackpoll Warbler. Heard the voice of a Wilson’s Warbler for the first time (at least the first time I can remember). At home, I heard/spied a Tennessee Warbler—first in years.

Just an all around great birding day. Thanks, Nature.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Robin (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Gray Catbird**
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
5. Veery**
6. Scarlet Tanager (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. Common Yellowthroat**
11. Blackpoll Warbler†
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Red-eyed Vireo**
14. Tufted Titmouse* (v)
15. American Redstart
16. American Goldfinch (v)
17. American Crow*
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Field Sparrow
20. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
21. Least Flycatcher
22. Song Sparrow** (v)
23. Common Raven
24. Wilson’s Warbler
25. Chipping Sparrow*
26. Alder Flycatcher (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Northern Parula (v)
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Wood Thrush (v)
31. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
32. Blue Jay (v)
33. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
34. Northern Cardinal* (v)
35. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
36. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
37. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)


38. House Finch
39. Tennessee Warbler†
39. House Sparrow (v)
40. Osprey
41. Mallard
42. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year bird

A Good Day

Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Chestnut-sided Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2019.
Chestnut-sided Warbler (female).

Sunny morn. Not too chilly, not too warm. Plenty of birds about also. Quiet and furtive enough to make things interesting—but quick enough to deny me several exquisite photos.

Still I got a couple.

A good day for dog and me.

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

1. Ovenbird
2. Northern Cardinal (v)
3. Common Yellowthroat**
4. American Goldfinch** (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. Northern Parula (v)
7. Veery (v)
8. Red-eyed Vireo**
9. American Redstart (v)
10. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Gray Catbird**
13. Wood Thrush (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat**
15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
16. American Robin*
17. Hermit Thrush (v)
18. Blue Jay**
19. Yellow Warbler
20. American Crow*
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Alder Flycatcher
23. Herring Gull*
24. Field Sparrow
25. Tree Swallow
26. Nashville Warbler (v)
27. Eastern Phoebe*
28. Eastern Bluebird
29. Sharp-shinned Hawk
30. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
31. Scarlet Tanager
32. Northern Flicker (v)
33. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
34. Purple Finch (v)
35. Least Flycatcher (v)
36. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
37. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
38. Chipping Sparrow*


39. House Finch (v)
40. Osprey
41. Laughing Gull (v)

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

I’ll Take It

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
Lincoln’s Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2019.
Lincoln’s Sparrow (first of preserve).

Cold and wet morning. Forties (F) and drippy from some overnight precip. Didn’t expect much in the way of birds or photos—but, as often happens, I was pleasantly surprised.

First were all the warblers flitting silently through the leafing-out hardwoods. (Sure enough not a lot of singing going on.) Next came some nice surprises at the misty summit: activity in the spruce grove including a Least Flycatcher, a Yellow Warbler, A Magnolia Warbler, a Wilson’s Warbler—and a first-of-preserve Lincoln’s Sparrow. Pretty sure that was the first of the species I had to ID on my own, in fact.


In all, thirty-six species on a drippy, gray day. I’ll take it.

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

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Ovenbird
3. Black-throated Green Warbler
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. American Redstart (v)
8. Veery (v)
9. Gray Catbird (v)
10. Northern Cardinal (v)
11. Herring Gull* (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Rose-breasted Grosbeak*
14. Common Yellowthroat (v)
15. Hermit Thrush (v)
16. Northern Parula (v)
17. Yellow Warbler**
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
20. Tree Swallow
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. American Crow (v)
23. Blue Jay (v)
24. Cedar Waxwing
25. Lincoln’s Sparrow†
26. Magnolia Warbler
27. Least Flycatcher
28. Scarlet Tanager (v)
29. Wilson’s Warbler
30. Red-eyed Vireo
31. Northern Flicker (v)
32. Purple Finch (v)
33. Wood Thrush (v)
34. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
35. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
36. Common Raven (v)


37. House Finch
38. Chipping Sparrow

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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