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Posts Tagged ‘alder flycatcher’


Saturday, September 2nd, 2023
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 September 2023.
Savannah Sparrow.

Another cool, sunny September morning. Easier my old dog than the recent hot, muggy morns, and all in all a very nice hike. As for birds, quite a few—including three sparrow species: Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow, and Savannah Sparrow.

The latter is my favorite sparrow, thanks to its clean, natty plumage, subtle yellow eyebrow, and sweet, sibilant, insect-like song. Alas, I only heard a couple singing on the hill this past spring, and I’m afraid only one nest resulted in fledglings (whereas in years past, there’d be at least three successful nesting pairs). So it was a nice surprise to catch sight of this one.

As summer grows long in the tooth, and signs of impending migration persist, perhaps it was just passing through.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:20 a.m. EST (8:20 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
5. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. American Crow* (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Gray Catbird
11. American Goldfinch**
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Savannah Sparrow
14. Song Sparrow
15. Northern Flicker (v)
16. Eastern Bluebird
17. Herring Gull*
18. Alder Flycatcher (v)
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Tufted Titmouse (v)


22. Chipping Sparrow


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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



Friday, September 1st, 2023
Alder Flycatcher (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 September 2023.
Alder Flycatcher (juvie).

A cool, cloudless morning greeted dog and me as we headed up the wooded trail. By “cool,” I mean mid- to upper-50s (F). But once we hit the open fields, the sun warmed us up a bit—and, considering his thick coat, Jack didn’t much mind the little chill.

Birds were about, and moving. Notable, today, were the three flycatchers that showed up. In the woods, a wood-pewee perched on a snag and sang, occasionally making a quick flight to catch a fly. Nearing the summit, I caught sight of a young Alder Flycatcher (a species that prefers open areas)—and, nearby, a Least Flycatcher.

Between those three species and the waxwings that perched high in the summit spruce grove and dined on a fly hatch, the population of flies dipped quite a bit today.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:20 a.m. EST (8:20 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. American Goldfinch
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. Song Sparrow
15. American Crow* (v)
16. Veery (v)
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. American Robin
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Northern Flicker (v)
21. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
22. Least Flycatcher


23. Herring Gull
24. Belted Kingfisher

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


A Fine Morning

Saturday, August 12th, 2023
Cedar Waxwings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 August 2023.
Cedar Waxwings.

Cool and bright this morning. The birds remain quiet for the most part, although occasionally I could spy a little warbler poking about in the canopy along the wooded trail. An Osprey soared over the barrens up top, and waxwings crowned the spruces, as usual these days.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:54 a.m. EST (7:54 DST), I hiked all trails.

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


22. Mourning Dove


Red-bellied Snake

(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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