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Posts Tagged ‘aldery flycatcher’

Mini Fallout

Monday, September 5th, 2022
Northern Parula, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 September 2022.
Northern Parula.

The forecast was for rain pretty much all day. Up early to check the weather radar, noting that, although it’d rained at some point overnight, it wasn’t raining now. Radar showed no rain for a couple hours—so right away dog and I hit the trail.

Quiet, as I’d expected. Cool, fresh air, dramatic sky, but few bird species. Still a lovely morning.

On our return, only about a hundred yards from the truck, I noticed a bunch of little birds poking about in a couple hardwoods above the trail. First one I spotted was a Northern Parula. And for the next maybe ten minutes, Jack waited patiently while I stood there snapping photos of birds. Added eight species to my list during those minutes.

Not long after our return home, it began to rain. All day, pretty much—and pretty hard at times. Supposed to continue off and on until morning.

Real good to have the rain.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:59 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Wild Turkey
2. American Crow*
3. Veery (v)
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Eastern Towhee**
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Song Sparrow
8. American Goldfinch
9. Gray Catbird
10. Common Yellowthroat (v)
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
13. Hermit Thrush
14. Field Sparrow
15. Purple Finch (v)
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Northern Parula
18. Eastern Bluebird (v)
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Nashville Warbler
22. Alder Flycatcher
23. Tufted Titmouse (v)


24. Carolina Wren (v)
25. Herring Gull


Eastern Chipmunk (v)
Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


Many Towhees

Friday, July 29th, 2022
Eastern Towhee (fem), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 29 July 2022.
Eastern Towhee (fem).

An early hike after some heavy, soaking rain last evening. Wetness in the understory, a tiny bit of mud, clear skies, good birds—an auspicious time of it for dog and me.

Many, many towhees today. Adults and juveniles (the size of adults)

One noteworthy incident: While I angled to photograph a robin across a field, a hummingbird sped by within a foot of me at about 80 miles an hour—directly in front of me. I heard the hum, the hummer vanished, and a latter check of my GoPro footage caught the bird as it zipped by.

Another soaking of rain this late afternoon. Downpour, sun, downpour, sun. It’s how we do it on the coast of Maine.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:07 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Northern Cardinal* (v)
7. Cedar Waxwing
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Hairy Woodpecker
11. White-breasted Nuthatch
12. Tufted Titmouse
13. Brown Creeper
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Black-and-white Warbler
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Song Sparrow**
18. Alder Flycatcher
19. Common Yellowthroat**
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Gray Catbird
22. House Wren (v)
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Savannah Sparrow
25. American Robin
26. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
27. Field Sparrow
28. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. Northern Flicker


30. Mourning Dove
31. Osprey (v)
32. Herring Gull

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



Saturday, July 23rd, 2022
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 July 2022.
Brown Creeper.

Yet another clear, warm, dry morning—one during which I had to wonder where all these mosquitoes came from? Not much breeze in the woodlands, and not too many bird species. Until the upper, open acreage, that is.

Noteworthy: spooked a woodcock, two ravens still hanging out in the inland blueberry patch—and a relatively cooperative Brown Creeper down by the parking lot.

There’ll be a blueberry pick tomorrow. Thinking I might blow off my preregistration and just let other folks play (while Jack and I hike, as usual).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:27 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Northern Cardinal**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Hermit Thrush
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. American Robin
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Northern Flicker
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Gray Catbird
16. Common Yellowthroat**
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
18. Cedar Waxwing
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Song Sparrow*
21. Yellow Warbler
22. Field Sparrow
23. House Wren (v)
24. Purple Finch
25. Common Raven
26. Red-breasted Nuthatch
27. Savannah Sparrow
28. Downy Woodpecker
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. American Woodcock
31. Veery (v)
32. Tufted Titmouse
33. Brown Creeper


34. Mourning Dove

(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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