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Archive for July, 2019

Bluebirds

Thursday, July 25th, 2019
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 July 2019.
Eastern Bluebird .

This morning was a morning of catbirds and bluebirds. Catbirds mewing everywhere under the cool early overcast. And bluebirds fluttering around the summit in high numbers.

The bluebirds upstaged the catbirds, in fact, as gangs of five or six—adults and youngsters—fluttered and called together, practicing high flight and (perhaps) plucking flies from mid-air.

One adult male even stopped to pose against the blue bay.

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

1. American Robin
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Song Sparrow**
9. Northern Cardinal** (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow*
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Herring Gull*
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Yellow Warbler (v)
15. Mourning Dove*
16. American Goldfinch**
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Eastern Phoebe*
19. Eastern Bluebird

Elsewhere

20. Rock Pigeon
21. Great Black-backed Gull

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

Chippies Everywhere

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 July 2019.
Chipping Sparrow.

Each year is different. This one’s had way more mosquitos than usual—and also Chipping Sparrows. Don’t know how come the species has been reproducing like crazy, but these days it seems like every conifer you wander past has got some serious chatter of adult and fledglings.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-throated Green Warbler
4. Song Sparrow**
5. American Robin
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Common Yellowthroat**
9. Alder Flycatcher
10. Yellow Warbler (v)
11. Chimney Swift
12. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
13. Eastern Bluebird (v)
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Hermit Thrush (v)
16. Veery (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow*
18. Cedar Waxwing
19. American Goldfinch** (v)
20. American Crow*
21. Eastern Phoebe*
22. Gray Catbird*
23. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
24. Blue Jay (v)
25. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

26. Herring Gull
27. Mourning Dove
28. Rock Pigeon

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

After the Rain

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 July 2019.
Song Sparrow.

Rained all morning, cleared up in afternoon. Dried up in a hurry. Cool, a bit breezy. But as we didn’t get to the hill until mid-afternoon, the birds were somewhat scarce.

Had nice interactions with fellow members of the human species, though.

1. Eastern Phoebe*
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. American Robin (v)
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Eastern Towhee (v)
6. American Crow* (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Song Sparrow**
9. Alder Flycatcher (v)
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Gray Catbird* (v)
12. American Goldfinch** (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
14. Chipping Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

15. Herring Gull
16. Rock Pigeon
17. Mourning Dove

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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