24 March 2023

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The Race is on

Saturday, August 20th, 2022
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 August 2022.
Alder Flycatcher.
Thrill of the Hill
Thrill of the Hill

Sunny and cool this morning, but warming pretty fast. Birds were active, but acting a little peculiarly—a little quieter, a little nervous, flitting about—which I attribute to early migratory urges. Then, as we approached the summit, I heard human voices up there. Turned out this was “Thrill of the Hill” race day.

A bunch of folks of all ages showed up for this annual fun(d)raiser—which was a real gas to observe.

Also fun to grab a decent photo of an Alder Flycatcher—usually shy to pose.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:10 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Ovenbird
3. Northern Cardinal** (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Gray Catbird
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. American Robin
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Common Loon (V)
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Black-and-white Warbler
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Alder Flycatcher
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Yellow-rumped Warbler
22. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Barn Swallow
24. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Hermit Thrush


27. Carolina Wren (v)
28. Mourning Dove
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Herring Gull

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


Red-eyed Vireo

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 August 2022.
Red-eyed Vireo.

Here’s a picture of a Red-eyed Vireo. It’s a common species in the spring and summer woodland trails I hike with dog each day. These vireos flit around fairly high in the canopy, where the hardwood leaves provide good cover, and it’s a challenge to get a decent photo.

Today, this one paused and posed.

Otherwise, an interesting hike: heard (then saw, in high flight) a Greater Yellowlegs; heard the first Pileated Woodpecker in a while; saw a bunch of later-summer dragonflies and butterflies. I lovely morning.

Looks like tomorrow morning we’ll be hiking in rain showers. Which is better than fine. (We need rain.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:32 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo**
6. Ovenbird
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Purple Finch
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Brown Creeper (v)
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Yellow Warbler (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)
20. American Robin (v)
21. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Tufted Titmouse
24. Greater Yellowlegs
25. Chestnut-sided Warbler

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


Social Life

Monday, August 15th, 2022
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2022.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

This morning’s cool, sunny hike—the yellowish sun of late summer—came with a nice collection of bird species, but a more distracted lister. That’s because of the several conversations I had with fellow Beech Hill hikers.

Bobolink (female/juvie male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2022.
Bobolink (female/juvie male).

It’s often that way. Jack and I are a friendly pair, and, well, these days trail chats are pretty much our only social life. These chats were good ones— inspiring, involving strangers and old pals, full of interesting coincidences. But I really lose count on such mornings.

I’m pretty sure I nailed things down, though. Most memorable, to me, will be the fact that I got my first halfway decent photo of a Maine hummingbird in a long while. (Haven’t seen many since our return.) Plus, a first-in-years Bobolink.

Rain expected on Wednesday. Tomorrow will be another dry one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow* (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Red-breasted Nuthatch
7. Alder Flycatcher
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Purple Finch
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Bobolink
24. Chestnut-sided Warbler
25. Northern Cardinal (v)
26. Least Flycatcher (v)
27. Common Yellowthroat
28. Wilson’s Warbler


29. Carolina Wren (v)
30. American Robin (v)
31. Herring Gull


American Red Squirrel


Eastern Garter 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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