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Tuesday, May 31st, 2022
Prairie Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2022.
Prairie Warbler’s stickin’ around.

The Prairie Warbler persists. Several years ago, when I heard (then saw) my first Prairie Warbler at Beech Hill, it was above all a thrill. A “rare” sighting, a lovely singer, a pretty little jewel of a bird. Then a couple-three years later, I began to hear more of them singing during spring migration.

And then I moved to Utah. Not quite three years later, I’m back. And Prairie Warblers are, too.

Jack-my-dog and I began hiking the Beech Hill trails again on 01 May, and in the month since, I’ve heard and/or seen Prairie Warblers most days, I think. One in particular seems to have decided to take up residence. I suspect it’s yet another sign of the changing climate, the changing ranges of birds of various kinds.

On the one hand, it’s a delight to see and hear this cool bird regularly; on the other… What have we humans wrought?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:28 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Veery
8. Northern Cardinal* (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Gray Catbird*
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
13. American Redstart**
14. American Goldfinch** (v)
15. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
18. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Song Sparrow** (v)
22. Field Sparrow
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Prairie Warbler
25. Eastern Bluebird
26. Herring Gull*
27. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
28. Purple Finch
29. Chipping Sparrow**
30. American Robin*
31. Hermit Thrush (v)


32. Mallard
33. European Starling
34. Rock Pigeon

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere



Monday, May 30th, 2022
Osprey courtship, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2022.
Osprey courtship.

This day—Memorial Day—was a warm one. Quite a few other people and dogs on the trails, soaking up the summerish smells and feels. And conversations.

Also birds. Many birds. Including a pair of Ospreys in a typical Osprey courtship display, involving fish carrying and a lot of screaming.

For being so warm, it was pretty cool.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:51 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe*
5. Northern Cardinal**
6. Veery (v)
7. Gray Catibrd (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Wood-pewee
11. American Redstart**
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler
13. Blue Jay
14. Ruffed Grouse (booming)
15. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Eastern Towhee (v)
19. American Crow*
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Herring Gull*
22. Northern Flicker (v)
23. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
24. American Goldfinch
25. American Robin* (v)
26. Tree Swallow
27. Song Sparrow**
28. Field Sparrow
29. Savannah Sparrow (v)
30. Turkey Vulture
31. Prairie Warbler (v)
32. Red-breasted Nuthatch
33. Osprey
34. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
35. Hermit Thrush (v)
36. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)


37. Mallard
38. Wild Turkey


Eastern Chipmunk
Gray Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere



Sunday, May 29th, 2022
American Redstart (first-year male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2022.
American Redstart (first-year male).

Ahhh, what a lovely morning. Bright, warm, slight breeze, birds—also, after a while, some people. In fact, a couple of the people were folks I’d known before moving to Utah, so there was a little catching up. I did have to pick up somebody’s trash and move a bench from the grass back up to the Beech Nut veranda.

But I don’t too much mind cleaning up after my fellow humans.

Birds galore. Got a nice pic of a not-quite-mature redstart. Heard a cuckoo. Also heard a raven. Saw and heard three (three!) Broad-winged Hawks circling above the barrens.

I imagine tomorrow’s will be a similarly fruitful morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:03 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird** (v)
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Gray Catbird
5. Northern Cardinal** (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Veery (v)
8. American Redstart
9. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
10. Common Raven (v)
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. Eastern Wood-pewee
13. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
14. American Goldfinch
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Song Sparrow
20. Eastern Towhee (v)
21. Field Sparrow
22. Eastern Phoebe*
23. Chipping Sparrow (v)
24. Tree Swallow
25. Eastern Bluebird (v)
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Blue Jay (v)
28. American Crow* (v)
29. Prairie Warbler
30. Broad-winged Hawk
31. Tufted Titmouse
32. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
33. Hermit Thrush (v)
34. Herring Gull* (v)
35. Northern Flicker (v)


36. Mallard


Eastern Chipmunk

(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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