30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘American woodcock’

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

Elsewhere

30. Wild Turkey

Mammals

Short-tailed Weasel

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

†First-of-year

End of Spring

Monday, June 20th, 2022
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 June 2022.
Song Sparrow.

Another chilly, gusty morning—but this time with a bright blue sky above my dog and me. Also birds. Many more birds (and species) than the past two mornings.

Most notable was the flush of a couple (or three?) American Woodcock on our way up the wooded trail just below the summit. I suspect a traveling family. And another family—phoebe fledglings—not far below that same area on our return trip.

Couldn’t get a photo of a calling Pileated Woodpecker near the end of our early hike—but I did get a pretty nice pic of a Song Sparrow.

Tomorrow, summer!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:22 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Common Yellowthroat
3. Red-eyed vireo (v)
4. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Veery
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
10. Alder Flycatcher (v)
11. Cedar Waxwing (v)
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. Song Sparrow**
14. American Woodcock
15. Yellow Warbler
16. American Robin*
17. Black-capped Chickadee
18. Savannah Sparrow (v)
19. Eastern Bluebird (v)
21. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Field Sparrow
27. Eastern Phoebe*
28. Pileated Woodpecker
29. Eastern Wood-pewee
30. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
31. Brown Creeper (v)
32. Osprey (v)

Elsewhere

33. Mallard
34. Northern Cardinal

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

†First-of-year

Differences

Monday, June 6th, 2022
Prairie Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 June 2022.
Prairie Warbler.

In my thirty-something days of Maine hikes with dog so far, I’ve noticed a few differences in the bird populations from when we moved to Utah in the summer of 2019. For one thing, a Prairie Warbler—once an uncommon (but thrilling) visitor to Beech Hill—has claimed its territory. Clearly global warming has brought this species farther north.

For another thing, after hearing Scarlet Tanagers weeks earlier than usual, I have yet to see one. Have they moved through? Are they nesting already? Will I see fledglings?

Meanwhile, I’ve encountered no Black-throated Blue Warbler. My favorite wood-warbler, I miss seeing and hearing this lovely looking (and sounding) bird. Very few waxwings also. And of course there was that Summer Tanager a couple weeks ago.

But it’s still a bit early yet. I’ll get a better idea once fledglings emerge. Another miracle to look forward to.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Eastern Phoebe*
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. Veery (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. American Crow* (v)
10. American Redstart** (v)
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
12. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
13. Gray Catbird*
14. Alder Flycatcher
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Eastern Wood-pewee
18. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
21. American Woodcock†
22. Song Sparrow*
23. Tree Swallow
24. Osprey
25. Chipping Sparrow
26. Prairie Warbler
27. House Wren
28. Turkey Vulture
29. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
30. Northern Parula (v)
31. Field Sparrow (v)
32. Broad-winged Hawk
33. American Robin (v)
34. Northern Cardinal** (v)

Elsewhere

35. Mallard
36. European Starling
37. Herring Gull
38. Rock Pigeon
39. Double-crested Cormorant

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

†First-of-year

 
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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