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Archive for May, 2023

Summery

Sunday, May 28th, 2023
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 May 2023.
American Goldfinch.

Another sunny day, and a mild one. My hike with dog was a tiny bit chilly to start—but it was downright hot when we got done. High temps in the 80s (F) today.

The birds were perhaps a bit quieter than on recent days, but my list still added up to thirty-four species. Notable was a persisting Prairie Warbler and a pair of hawks on the wing.

Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be twenty degrees cooler. Will be interesting to see how different my list will be.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:30 a.m. sun time (7:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Redstart** (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Ovenbird
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. Eastern Phoebe
7. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Veery (v)
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
13. American Goldfinch
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Eastern Wood-pewee
17. Hairy Woodpecker
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Song Sparrow**
24. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
25. Sharp-shinned Hawk
26. Least Flycatcher (v)
27. Red-tailed Hawk
28. Brown-headed Cowbird
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Wood Thrush (v)
31. Chipping Sparrow (v)
32. Prairie Warbler (v)
33. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
34. Brown Creeper (v)
35. Eastern Bluebird

Elsewhere

36. Mallard
37. Mourning Dove
38. Herring Gull
39. Laughing Gull
40. Carolina Wren (v)

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

†First-of-year

Nice Surprises

Saturday, May 27th, 2023
Least Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 May 2023.
Least Flycatcher.

What a lovely morning. Cool to start, warm to end—nearly 70° (F). The birds were a bit quieter than lately, perhaps due to that warmth. And/or the possibility of fledglings. And/or other reasons. But it was a real fun hike with dog.

Notably, I got a photo of a Least Flycatcher finally. Love those little guys.

A similar day is forecast for tomorrow. Looking forward to a nice surprise or two. (There are nearly always nice surprises.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:18 a.m. sun time (7:18 DST), I hiked all trails.

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

Elsewhere

35. Mallard
35. Mourning Dove

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

†First-of-year

Quick Hike

Friday, May 26th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 May 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler (female).

Again a chillier morning than the one before, but bright again, with less wind. My ol’ dog didn’t want to get out of the truck at first for some reason, but I finally coaxed him out and he had his usual fine time.

We didn’t end up hiking all trails today, but—as you might expect in late-May—those we did were hopping with birds. No firsts-of-year, but spied a few nice warblers and an osprey circling above the canopy. Enjoyed time again with our friend hikers, human and canine.

Tomorrow’s supposed to get into the 70s. Looking forward to finding out what’s up there.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m. sun time (7:45 DST), I hiked most trails.

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

Elsewhere

35. Pine Warbler
35. Mourning Dove

(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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