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Archive for July, 2023

Two Highlights

Monday, July 31st, 2023
Dark-eyed Junco (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 July 2023.
Dark-eyed Junco (juvie).

Cool again, but not as breezy and somewhat more humid. [The forecast rain—and a thundershower—came this late afternoon, so tomorrow might be less muggy.] A bunch of interesting bird activity, too—a highlight being the surprise appearance of a juvie Dark-eyed Junco along the wooded trail, hunting assorted insects. It stayed about twenty feet in front of dog and me until, finally, I managed a photo.

Young whitetail buck, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 July 2023.
Young whitetail buck.

Another highlight—shortly after the junco—came when we surprised a young whitetail buck. He didn’t go far, then froze and checked us out for a bit. Again, a photo.

I’m still astonished not to have found a single deer tick since one tiny one appeared in spring on Jack’s nose. Crazy. (Not that I’m complainin’.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:07 a.m. EST (8:07 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Hermit Thrush
3. Blue Jay
4. American Goldfinch
5. Black-throated Green Warbler
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Northern Flicker
9. Tufted Titmouse
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. White-breasted Nuthatch
12. American Crow
13. Ovenbird
14. Dark-eyed Junco
15. Red-bellied Woodpecker
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Gray Catbird
19. American Robin
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Song Sparrow
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Purple Finch
24. Mourning Dove
25. Red-shouldered Hawk
26. Turkey Vulture
27. Yellow Warbler
28. Barn Swallow
29. Chestnut-sided Warbler
30. Blue-headed Vireo

Elsewhere

31. Northern Cardinal
32. Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

Cooler

Sunday, July 30th, 2023
Song Sparrow on goldenrod, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2023.
Song Sparrow on goldenrod.

Last night’s soaking rain sure enough cooled things down a lot and got rid of the recent humidity. Jack had a much easier time of this morning’s hike—as, I suppose, did I.

But there were fewer flying insects. Perhaps that’s why things were so quiet, bird-wise. Fewer species on my list than in many weeks. But a couple of noteworthy ones: Wood Thrush, Herring Gull, Barn Swallow.

Also, in a chance meeting, I had a nice long chat with three long-time friends I hadn’t seen (or talked to) in a while. Kind of the day’s highlight.

Unless, of course, you count the handsome Eastern Coyote that showed up in the yard this early morning.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:56 a.m. EST (7:56 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Wood Thrush (v)
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Cedar Waxwing
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. American Crow*
11. Gray Catbird
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Herring Gull*
14. Song Sparrow*
15. Barn Swallow
16. American Robin*
17. Blue Jay (v)
18. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)

Elsewhere

20. Mourning Dove
21. Osprey
22. House Sparrow
23. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
24. Laughing Gull
25. Rock Dove

Mammals

Eastern Coyote

Reptiles

Garter Snake

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

†First-of-year

Fine Light

Saturday, July 29th, 2023
Veery (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 July 2023.
Veery (juvie).

Another warm and humid one, but with a bit more breeze. A mostly clear sky early, with fine light for photos. The birds were cooperative enough that I managed a few decent shots—including a fair pic of a juvenile Veery.

Notable was a one hummingbird near the summit—and a quick tramp down the Erickson Fields trail, which had cooler temps and more shade.

It’s raining as I write this, which should lessen the humidity tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:56 a.m. EST (7:56 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Hermit Thrush (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Ovenbird
5. Veery
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. Eastern Wood-pewee
12. Gray Catbird**
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Black-throated Green Warbler
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. American Crow*
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. Turkey Vulture
24. Mourning Dove* (v)
25. Purple Finch (v)
26. Northern Cardinal** (v)
27. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
28. American Robin*
29. Chestnut-sided Warbler

Elsewhere

30. Herring Gull

(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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