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Wednesday, May 31st, 2023
Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2023.
Common Yellowthroat.

Another Beech Hill hike without Jack-my-dog (again we walked from the house to the Wellness Trail later), which still seems extremely weird. However, a little excitement on the hill. For one thing, I counted thirty-six species today.

In reviewing this total later, I realized I’d skipped a number. However, I happened upon a blurry photo, quickly snapped, that showed a bird I could not identify. Checked with an expert ID friend, who pronounced it a female Indigo Bunting. Also got nice pics of a yellowthroat for a change and encountered a Snowshoe Hare.

Another sunny one forecast for tomorrow, but rain’s gonna come this weekend—and continue all the following week. (Frankly, we can use it.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:00 a.m. sun time (7:00 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe
5. Veery (v)
6. American Redstart* (v)
7. Blue Jay** (v)
8. American Goldfinch
9. Mourning Dove (v)
10. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
13. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
14. Pileated Woodpecker
15. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Eastern Towhee**
20. Common Yellowthroat**
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. Gray Catbird*
24. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
25. Yellow Warbler**
26. Song Sparrow**
27. Indigo Bunting†
28. Chipping Sparrow**
29. American Crow*
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
32. Scarlet Tanager (v)
33. American Robin* (v)
34. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
35. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
36. Brown-headed Cowbird


37. Mallard
38. Carolina Wren (v)
39. Herring Gull
40. Osprey (v)


Snowshoe Hare

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


Deep Spring

Tuesday, May 30th, 2023
Crow in the blueberries, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2023.
Crow in the blueberries.

Another two-hike day: one for me (Beech Hill) and one for Jack (the Wellness Trail). That’s a load of steps for me, but an easier time of it for my good ol’ dog. Good birds in both places—leafy green in deep spring—but my list here will stick to the Beech Hill hike.

Firsts-of-year are likely over with this spring—a thing that’s seemed to happen a little early (perhaps even earlier than last year)—but plenty of busy, territorial, shy, musical avian species.

Supposed to be a warmer one tomorrow. It’s exciting not to know what surprises will come.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:37 a.m. sun time (7:37 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler**
4. Eastern Phoebe*
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
6. Veery (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Blue Jay
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Gray Catbird*
11. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
12. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Northern Cardinal** (v)
15. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Brown Creeper (v)
18. American Crow*
19. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
20. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
21. Common Yellowthroat**
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. Yellow Warbler
24. Alder Flycatcher
25. Downy Woodpecker
26. Song Sparrow**
27. Cedar Waxwing (v)
28. Eastern Bluebird
29. Chipping Sparrow**
30. Scarlet Tanager (v)
31. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
32. Least Flycatcher (v)
33. American Redstart* (v)
34. American Robin (v)
35. Purple Finch (v)


36. Mallard
37. Herring Gull
38. Laughing Gull (v)
39. Carolina Wren (v)
40. Pine Warbler


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


Mixing It Up

Monday, May 29th, 2023

Captain Jack, age 15, has been limping a little (front foot), so I made the hard decision to let him sit out this morning’s hike for the first time in years. A very hard decision.

Memorial Day was sunny and cool and breezy, and people were out and about, and so were birds. Most notable was probably the individual Cedar Waxwing I spied at the summit. Only the second waxwing sighting of the year—although more will show up in summer for the annual fly hatch up there.

Felt bad that dog didn’t get a hike, and a friend suggested a short trail near the house, which we three hiked in afternoon. Jack liked the new smells. We’ll do more of that going forward, for sure.

Supposed to start warming up again. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:08 a.m. sun time (7:08 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo*
2. Ovenbird**
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
6. Veery
7. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
8. Eastern Towhee**
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. Northern Flicker** (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. Northern Cardinal** (v)
13. American Robin
14. Tufted Titmouse
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)
16. American Crow*
17. Black-and-white Warbler
18. Field Sparrow
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. Yellow Warbler** (v)
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Song Sparrow**
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. Chipping Sparrow*
26. Double-crested Cormorant
27. Gray Catbird* (v)
28. Brown-headed Cowbird
29. American Redstart* (v)
30. Least Flycatcher (v)
31. Savannah Sparrow (v)
32. American Goldfinch** (v)


33. Mallard
34. Herring Gull
35. Laughing Gull (v)
36. Broad-tailed Hawk
37. Carolina Wren (v)
38. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)

(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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