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Lush and Damp

Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Northern Flicker (photobombed by whitetail), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2019.
Northern Flicker (photobombed by whitetail).

Rained much of the night. Stopped long enough for a morning hike with dog. Damp, green, humid, lush. Interesting walk—including a first-of-year patch of fireweed (ate my first blossom of the year, yum), Mourning Dove singing from the chimney of Beech Nut, Philadelphia Vireo singing by the road, A white-tail showing up in a photo I took of a flicker.

On way back home I stopped in traffic on Route 1 to let a little family of Mallards cross.

More rain later. Precipitation is generally not a bad thing.

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

1. Purple Finch (v)
2. Veery** (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Ovenbird (v)
5. Gray Catbird**
6. American Goldfinch
7. American Crow*
8. Philadelphia Vireo (v)
9. Song Sparrow **
10. Common Yellowthroat**
11. Yellow Warbler
12. American Robin
13. Tree Swallow
14. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
15. Nashville Warbler (v)
16. Alder Flycatcher (v)
17. Herring Gull*
18. Savannah Sparrow
19. Northern Cardinal (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler
23. Eastern Bluebird (v)
24. Mourning Dove*
25. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
26. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
27. Northern Flicker
28. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
29. American Redstart (v)
30. Black-and-white Warbler**


31. Wild Turkey
33. Mallard

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

Unsettled Weather

Saturday, June 29th, 2019
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 June 2019.
Savannah Sparrow.

This early morning on the way to the hill, I saw a Broad-winged Hawk take wing from along the side of the road with a chipmunk in its talons. Thing weren’t so dramatic during our hike, dog and me.

But there were plenty of birds, more than plenty mosquitoes, and a lovely-voiced Savannah Sparrow to serenade us.

Also a threat of thundershowers, though none ever came. (Tomorrow could be a different story.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Veery** (v)
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Song Sparrow**
5. Ovenbird** (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Common Yellowthroat**
8. Red-eye Vireo** (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Alder Flycatcher (v)
13. Yellow Warbler
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Tree Swallow
16. Gray Catbird** (v)
17. Mourning Dove*
18. Eastern Phoebe** (v)
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
22. Nashville Warbler (v)
23. American Redstart (v)
24. Northern Cardinal


25. Herring Gull
26. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
27. Broad-winged Hawk
28. Wild Turkey
29. European Starling
30. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)

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

Hello, Little Birdie

Friday, June 28th, 2019
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 June 2019.
Yellow Warbler.

I got my best photo of a Yellow Warbler this morning. I’ve been spotting the same bird, singing in the same birch tree, for weeks. Never could pin it down.

But this third foggy morning in a row, soon after I discovered that the cloud had burned away about half-way up the hill, I stood and waited and got just the glimpse I’ve been looking for.

Hey, little birdie.

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

1. Veery (v)
2. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Common Yellowthroat**
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
7. Northern Cardinal*
8. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
9. Nashville Warbler (v)
10. Ovenbird** (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Tree Swallow
13. Savannah Sparrow
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe*
16. Yellow Warbler
17. American Goldfinch (v)
18. Chipping Sparrow**
19. Gray Catbird**
20. Red-eyed Vireo**
21. Eastern Bluebird
22. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
23. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
24. American Crow*
25. Northern Flicker (v)
26. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
27. Brown-headed Cowbird


28. Herring Gull
29. Mourning Dove
30. House Sparrow
31. Rock Pigeon
32. Chimney Swift†

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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