24 June 2024

Forest Hawk

Saturday, September 9th, 2023
Broad-winged Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 September 2023.
Broad-winged Hawk.

Again we encountered relatively few bird species this warm, muggy morning, dog and I. However, one of my early sightings was a Broad-winged Hawk in the woodlands. Broad-wings are forest hawks, and I see a few every year. Typically, I’ll spy one when it leaves a perch to fly a little distance away from an approaching dog and human. Most of the time I can find their new perch—which is what happened this morning.

Also noteworthy was a singing Blue-headed Vireo, a sign (to me, at least) that birds are beginning to think about fall migration. Can hardly wait.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:04 a.m. EST (8:04 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
5. Broad-winged Hawk
6. Downy Woodpecker (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Blue-headed Vireo
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Gray Catbird (v)
14. American Crow* (v)
15. Song Sparrow
16. Blue Jay (v)

Elsewhere

17. Mourning Dove
18. Herring Gull
19. Rock Pigeon

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

†First-of-year

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