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Vireo

Friday, September 30th, 2022
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 September 2022.
Red-eyed Vireo.

I have a feeling I’ve begun a post this way more than once before, but what a difference a day makes. Maybe the chilly air—upper-40s (F) first thing—or a favorable overnight wind direction, but what a bright and birdy morning greeted dog and me as we headed up the wooded trail.

Two kinglet species, four woodpecker species, ever-present yellow-rumps, another Swainson’s Thrush, a random junco.

But the highlight of this hike was our chance encounter—on the upper wooded trail—with a trio of Red-eyed Vireos. They were plucking berries in the yellowish vegetation just feet from the trail, and in the morning light I was convinced they were Philadelphia Vireos, a species I hadn’t seen in years. But an expert bird ID friend saw my photo caption and set me straight.

Ever educational, this birding thing.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:54 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. White-breasted Nuthatch
5. White-throated Sparrow
6. Pileated Woodpecker
7. American Crow*
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Gray Catbird
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. American Robin
13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
14. Red-eyed Vireo
15. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Eastern Bluebird (v)
18. Hairy Woodpecker
19. Swainson’s Thrush
20. Purple Finch (v)
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Song Sparrow
23. Eastern Phoebe
24. Blue Jay (v)
25. Common Yellowthroat
26. Dark-eyed Junco
27. Tufted Titmouse
28. Brown Creeper (v)

Elsewhere

29. Northern Cardinal (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Back on the Block

Thursday, September 29th, 2022
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 September 2022.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Had appointments this morning, my return hike to Beech Hill with dog didn’t happen until late morning. Didn’t expect too many bird species; didn’t encounter too many. However, I encountered a lot of birds.

Mainly that’s because of the numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers. (I settled on 30 individuals, but I believe that’s rather low.) Also had at least a dozen White-throated Sparrows—probably more like sixteen. And a goodly number of chickadees.

In just the five days were were on Monhegan, the color of the landscape has changed—much more yellowish, with reds in the fringes. It’s happening.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 11:14 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Cardinal** (v)
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. American Crow
5. Hermit Thrush
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
9. Gray Catbird (v)
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. American Robin (v)
13. Song Sparrow
14. Turkey Vulture
15. American Goldfinch (v)
16. Tufted Titmouse** (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Return from the Island

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
Raven on a rock, Monhegan Boat Line, 28 September 2022.
Raven on a rock.

Monhegan–to–Port Clyde List

1. Herring Gull
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. American Crow
4. Northern Flicker
5. Blue Jay
6. Red-breasted Nuthatch
7. European Starling
8. Double-crested Cormorant
9. Great Black-backed Gull
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Carolina Wren
12. Gray Catbird
13. American Robin
14. Northern Cardinal
15. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
16. Black-capped Chickadee
17. Golden-crowned Kinglet
18. Sharp-shinned Hawk
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Brown Thrasher
22. Song Sparrow
23. Red-headed Woodpecker
24. Common Yellowthroat
25. Mallard
26. Purple Finch
27. Peregrine Falcon
28. Merlin
29. Belted Kingfisher
30. Northern Harrier
31. Common Grackle
32. Mourning Dove
33. Ring-necked Pheasant
34. Ring-billed Gull
35. Common Loon

 
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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