24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘American woodcock’


Tuesday, September 19th, 2023
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2023.
Eastern Bluebird.

Cool and overcast to start soon became bright and breezy. An interesting array of bird species—three ravens, a flushed woodcock, bluebirds in the woodlands—and plenty of humans (and a couple of dogs) out enjoying the change in the weather.

Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2023.
Common Raven.

Got no complaints about Nature’s offerings this fine day. And tomorrow I help with a middle school hike. Fun!

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:30 a.m. EST (8:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
3. Common Raven
4. Song Sparrow
5. Turkey Vulture*
6. Blue Jay**
7. American Crow* (v)
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Gray Catbird (v)
10. Hermit Thrush
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. American Woodcock
15. American Robin
16. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
17. Herring Gull*


18. Carolina Wren (v)
19. Mourning Dove
20. Northern Cardinal (v)

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



Wednesday, July 12th, 2023
American Woodcock, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 July 2023.
American Woodcock.

A balmy morning on a day of warm sunshine, high humidity, and a top temperature in the low 80s (F). Brought extra water for Captain Jack, who panted a lot nevertheless.

Quite a few birds—but certainly fewer than had it not been so summery. Fewer individuals of fewer species. But along came one nice surprise: An American Woodcock that appeared on the trail in front of us actually stopped to pose for a photo.

I think that’s one of at most four or five woodcock pics I’ve ever taken—possibly even the best. Thanks, Mr. Timberdoodle!

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:17 a.m. EST (8:17 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Phoebe**
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. American Goldfinch
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
5. Veery (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. Ovenbird
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
9. American Crow* (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Song Sparrow
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. Yellow Warbler
15. American Robin*
16. Gray Catbird
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Cedar Waxwing
19. Northern Flicker (v)
20. Blue Jay** (v)
21. Hermit Thrush (v)
22. Eastern Wood-pewee
23. Brown Creeper (v)
24. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
25. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
28. Chipping Sparrow (v)
29. American Woodcock


30. Mallard
31. Herring Gull
32. Rock Pigeon

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


Hungry Mouths

Monday, July 3rd, 2023
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 July 2023.
Song Sparrow.

No fog this morning for a change! Gray skies, mist in the hills, a humid, drippy atmosphere—but the fog waited until we’d hiked about an hour, dog and I. And, bird-wise, all about us were the sounds of begging from fledglings and notes of alarm from adults with their mouths full.

It’s that season.

Most notable today was a woodcock we flushed down in the lower woods—flushed it twice, actually. It’s a rich, wet, warm time of year.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:37 a.m. EST (7:37 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. American Goldfinch
4. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Ovenbird
7. Veery
8. Song Sparrow**
9. Mourning Dove* (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Gray Catbird**
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Northern Parula (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Eastern Bluebird
16. Yellow Warbler
17. American Robin*
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Alder Flycatcher (v)
21. Eastern Phoebe**
22. Tufted Titmouse (v)
23. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
24. Hermit Thrush (v)
25. Northern Flicker (v)
26. American Woodcock
27. Hairy Woodpecker
28. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)


29. Mallard
30. Wild Turkey


American Red Squirrel

(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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