30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘American cdrow’

Fun in Fog

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022
Hermit Thrush fledgling, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2022.
Hermit Thrush fledgling.

Cool and overcast at the start of our hike, and humid, with very little wind. Thick fog and drippy at the summit of the hill, with low visibility. But never mind the weather—a lot going on out there.

For one thing, fledglings. I could hear them calling from their hiding places in the thick summer foliage. And I spied several adults with beaks crammed with food. I even spotted a few fledglings—Hermit Thrushes staying still, Hairy Woodpeckers begging from their mom.

Short-tailed Weasel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2022.
Short-tailed Weasel.

Another exceptional moment: a Short-tailed Weasel bounding along the trail toward dog and me, pulling up short, then dashing off into the shrubbery again. Returning, seeing us, dashing off. Returning a third time.

(Never saw it after the third time, but did manage to grab a quick photo.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Song Sparrow
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Ovenbird**
5. American Redstart**
6. Veery
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Northern Cardinal** (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Gray Catbird
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. American Goldfinch
13. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
14. American Crow* (v)
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Northern Flicker
17. American Woodcock
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Northern Parula (v)
22. House Wren (v)
23. American Robin (v)
24. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
25. Scarlet Tanager (v)
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Downy Woodpecker
28. Eastern Wood-pewee
29. Eastern Phoebe


30. Wild Turkey


Short-tailed Weasel

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


At Last, True Spring

Saturday, May 25th, 2019
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 May 2019.
Song Sparrow.

The first warm spring day of 2019. I mean, truly warm. Plenty of birds about—including a first-of-year House Wren in “my” birch tree. Flycatchers, another Swainson’s Thrush.

Looks like the hill will have no Savannah Sparrows, though, for the first year I can remember.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. American Redstart**
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo**
7. American Goldfinch**
8. Gray Catbird*
9. Swainson’s Thrush
10. Hairy Woodpecker
11. Northern Parula**
12. Least Flycatcher**
13. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Common Yellowthroat *(v)
16. Yellow Warbler**
17. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
18. Wood Thrush*
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Blue Jay*
21. Tree Swallow*
22. Broad-winged Hawk*
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Eastern Phoebe**
25. Field Sparrow
26. American Crow*
27. Eastern Kingbird
28. Mourning Dove*
29. House Wren
30. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
31. Song Sparrow**
32. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
33. Hermit Thrush (v)
34. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
35. Northern Flicker (v)
36. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)


37. House Finch (v)
38. Wild Turkey
39. Herring Gull
40. Double-crested Cormorant
41. American Robin
42. European Starling
43. Chipping Sparrow (v)
44. Brown-headed Cowbird
45. Common Grackle

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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