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Archive for April, 2023

Before the Rains

Sunday, April 30th, 2023
Northern Cardinal (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 April 2023.
Northern Cardinal on a lowery morn.

Based on the prognosticators’ forecasts, I was convinced dog and I would be hiking in the rain this morning. It was not to be. There were a few teensy drips of drizzle as we started up the trail but beyond that only wind and gray skies—no precipitation at all.

Not too many birds—my guess is they know more rain is coming—but a lovely hike with Captain Jack. (Also Oscar and his mom.)

No first-of-year birds, but May is nearly here. And I know what May means here on the 44th parallel. An influx, let’s just say.

Tomorrow’s rain should peter out about midday. more rain thereafter. Still, we shall hike, as always.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:17 a.m. real time (8:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Purple Finch** (v)
4. Northern Cardinal**
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. American Crow*
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Chipping Sparrow
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. American Robin**
12. Common Raven
13. Song Sparrow
14. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Herring Gull* (v)
16. Mallard*


17. Mourning Dove


White-tailed Deer.

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


Spring Migration

Saturday, April 29th, 2023

This morning’s hike with dog happened under mostly blue skies, in mostly calm winds, and amid many, many bird species—thirty-four in all (a record for the year so far.

(Speaking of—exactly a year ago today is when Jack and I arrived back in Maine. Time flies.)

First-of-year bird? Black-throated Green Warbler. Other notable migrants would be three Broad-winged Hawks, a raven and a vulture, and multiple Blue-headed Vireos.

And in afternoon I got a good ride on my bike in.

Tomorrow will be rainy. In fact, so will the following three days. We shall see how it goes!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:09 a.m. real time (8:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Phoebe
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker** (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
6. Blue-headed Vireo
7. Eastern Towhee
8. American Goldfinch**
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Purple Finch**
11. American Crow*
12. Herring Gull* (v)
13. Northern Cardinal** (v)
14. Blue Jay (v)
15. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
16. Tufted Titmouse**
17. Eastern Bluebird
18. American Robin
19. Brown Creeper (v)
20. Mourning Dove* (v)
21. Hermit Thrush
22. Black-throated Green Warbler† (v)
23. Yellow-rumped Warbler
24. Tree Swallow
25. Field Sparrow
26. Song Sparrow**
27. Chipping Sparrow**
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. Canada Goose (v)
30. Common Loon (v)
31. Broad-winged Hawk
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Common Raven
34. Wild Turkey


35. Pine Warbler (v)
36. Mallard

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


Bluebird Day

Friday, April 28th, 2023
Eastern Bluebird (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2023.
Eastern Bluebird (male).

The sky was clear and blue when dog and I arrived at the main trailhead parking lot. We met friends (human and dog) for this hike, and it was an amazing morning.

Not only sociable, but full of late-April birds.

Most notable might’ve been the Winter Wren singing down along the lower wooded trail. Or perhaps the raven flying over with what appeard to be a mouse or vole in its beak. Or the swallows, bluebirds, sparrow species, drumming woodpecker.

Most memorable to me now, hours later, was the blue, blue morning sky.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:01 a.m. real time (8:01 DST), I hiked most trails.

1. Northern Cardinal** (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Robin
6. Chipping Sparrow
7. Song Sparrow**
8. American Crow*
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Herring Gull*
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Field Sparrow
13. Turkey Vulture
14. Eastern Towhee**
15. Tree Swallow
16. Common Raven
17. Savannah Sparrow
18. Eastern Phoebe
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
20. Dark-eyed Junco
21. Pine Warbler (v)
22. Winter Wren (v)
23. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
24. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)


25. 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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