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Mid-Morning

Thursday, June 30th, 2022
Chestnut-sided Warbler (wrangling a moth), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2022.
Chestnut-sided Warbler (wrangling a moth).

Had some things to do this early morning, so Captain Jack and I didn’t hit the trailhead until about an hour later than usual. It’d rained a bit overnight, and the trails were dewy—and the birds were bit quieter than in recent days.

However, over the course of our hike, birds did emerge. Quite a few species.

Notable: a Great Crested Flycatcher, chippie fledgling, a warbler wrangling a big moth. A loon in flight somewhere, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak—and the vocal House Wren is back.

We’ll do it again tomorrow, dog and I.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:24 a.m., I hiked most trails.

`1. Ovenbird (v)
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Wood Thrush (v)
6. Veery (v)
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
9. Common Yellowthroat**
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Gray Catbird**
12. American Crow* (v)
13. Yellow Warbler
14. Song Sparrow**
15. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
16. Northern Flicker (v)
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Downy Woodpecker (v)
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Field Sparrow
22. Northern Cardinal**
23. Prairie Warbler
24. House Wren (v)
25. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
26. Common Loon (v)
27. American Robin
28. Nashville Warbler (v)
29. Herring Gull*
30. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
31. Hermit Thrush (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Cuckoo

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022
Black-billed Cuckoo (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 June 2022.
Black-billed Cuckoo (juvie).

A coolish, calmish, dryish morning with plenty of buzzing mosquitos—and a good plenty of bird species, too. An amazing array, in fact: four thrushes, three woodpeckers; a passel of warblers; lots of sparrows.

Most notable—a quiet juvenile Black-billed Cuckoo that showed up in a shady place about 20 feet in front of us, dog and me. We even managed to stay still enough to grab portrait.

I’ll take a day like today any day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:18 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Veery
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Red-eyed Vireo**
5. American Crow*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Wood Thrush (v)
11. Northern Cardinal** (v)
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
16. Brown Creeper (v)
17. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Black-billed Cuckoo
20. Gray Catbird*
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Mourning Dove*
24. Northern Flicker
25. Cedar Waxwing
26. Chipping Sparrow (v)
27. American Robin*
28. Purple Finch
29. Eastern Towhee
30. Prairie Warbler (v)
31. Savannah Sparrow
32. Field Sparrow (v)
33. Alder Flycatcher
34. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. American Redstart (v)
36. Blue Jay (v)
37. Downy Woodpecker
38. Osprey (v)

Elsewhere

39. House Sparrow
40. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Tanagers

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022
Least Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 June 2022.
Least Flycatcher.

Cooler and damper after yesterday’s rain, sunny with a bit of a breeze. I truly had no expectations, just figured I’d hear and/or see a few birds, maybe learn a thing or two.

And I did—both. Notably, I heard/saw a Least Flycatcher, and spied a Red Crossbill (fem./imm.—first I’ve seen on the hill) high on a spruce at the summit and, in the woods toward the end of our hike, I heard two species of tanager.

First was a Scarlet Tanager, which I hunted for up in the leafy canopy but could not get a look at. Finally I spotted the bird apparently being chased by another tanager. And then I heard the voice of the other tanager—a Summer Tanager. Couldn’t get a good bead on that one, either, although I did watch it fly away

I’ll be keeping my eye peeled for tanagers going forward.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:22 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Song Sparrow**
2. Ovenbird
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Veery
6. Gray Catbird
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Common Yellowthroat
10. American Crow*
11. American Goldfinch**
12. Black-and-white Warbler
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. Field Sparrow
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Yellow Warbler
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Red Crossbill†
21. Purple Finch
22. American Robin*
23. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Prairie Warbler
25. Least Flycatcher
26. Tufted Titmouse (v)
27. Herring Gull*
28. Broad-winged Hawk
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
31. Eastern Wood-pewee
32. Scarlet Tanager (v)
33. Summer Tanager (v)

Elsewhere

34. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

 
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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