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Sweet, Sweet Rain

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 August 2022.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Captain Jack and I got wet this morning. I’d gone to bed last night expecting early thundershowers, but I awoke to just plain fog. Checked the weather radar, and rain was approaching, but it looked to be more than an hour away. So we set off.

We headed up the main trail, where at least I’d get a picture of my favorite birch tree. Foggy, for sure. Few bird species (fewer seen (fewer photographed)), but pretty fun being up there in the dampness and mists. At first I didn’t expect we’d go far, but I decided to visit the woods for a bit. ended up doing the loop, and on our return, the rain came.

Yep, we got soaked. It was amazing. Didn’t last overly long—our return down the open trail was dry (and less foggy)—but the sweet memory will remain.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:35 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch
2. Song Sparrow*
3. Eastern Towhee
4. Gray Catbird
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. American Crow (v)
7. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Blue Jay
11. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. Tufted Titmouse


13. Downy Woodpecker (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. Northern Cardinal (v)

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


Eerie Morn

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022
Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 August 2022.
Pileated Woodpecker.

This was an odd, windy, hazy, crazily quiet morning. Had no birds on my list until dog and I had walked about half way up the lower wooded trail—the distant caw of a crow. Next I heard woodpeckers excavating a tree up ahead: a pair of Pileated Woopeckers.


For the rest of our hike, I counted a dozen other species. Fourteen total. The lowest number since our return to Maine

Yard bird, Rockport, Maine, 30 August 2022.
Yard bird.

Come early afternoon, after the sun emerged and the air warmed into the 80s, and I decided to take a twelve-mile bike ride—I counted several additional species. And came eye to eye with a turkey right out the kitchen window.


Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:29 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow** (v)
2. Pileated Woodpecker
3. Eastern Towhee
4. Cedar Waxwing
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch
6. Herring Gull*
7. American Goldfinch
8. Song Sparrow
9. American Robin (v)
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Gray Catbird
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. Red-eyed Vireo
14. Blue Jay (v)


15. Mourning Dove
16. Carolina Wren (v)
17. Wild Turkey
18. Rock Pigeon
19. Osprey (v)
20. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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



Monday, August 29th, 2022
Hairy Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2022.
Hairy Woodpecker.

A lovely morning—clear, with a bit of breeze, still greenery everywhere. Also birds, quite a few species. Among them three woodpecker species.

I do like woodpeckers. Love ’em, actually—their drumming, their unique method of hunting and dining, their calls, their bouncy flight. Today’s species were hairy and downy and red-bellied (in the reverse order). Others I see on the hill are pileated, flicker, and sapsucker. I love ’em all.

Today’s best woodpecker encounter was at the end of our hike, when dog and I stopped to admire the interactions of a little family of Hairy Woodpeckers—a chase, some vocalizations, some excavations.

In my world, a day without woodpeckers is just a little diminished.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Gray Catbird**
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Red-eyed Vireo
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Common Raven (v)
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
14. American Goldfinch (v)
15. American Crow* (v)
16. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
18. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Song Sparrow
21. Blue Jay
22. Northern Cardinal**
23. Purple Finch
24. American Robin
25. Ruffed Grouse
26. Hairy Woodpecker


27. Mourning Dove


Eastern Gray Squirrel

(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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