5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘American woodcock’


Saturday, September 17th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird (juvie) in blueberry barren, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 September 2022.
Eastern Bluebird (juvie) in blueberry barren.

Another clear sky with a breeze from a favorable direction, but I didn’t expect early fall migration would grace me with so many species during my morning hike with dog. Thirty.

Notable additions to the usual suspects were a pair of hawks (sharpie and broad-winged), White-throated Sparrow (rarely seen since spring), Ruby-crowned Kinglet—and at the end of our hike we spooked an American Woodcock.

A week from today, dog and I will be Monhegan bound for an even more exciting glimpse of fall migration in action.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Hermit Thrush
3. Blue Jay**
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch**
6. Gray Catbird
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
9. American Redstart
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. Red-eyed Vireo
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. Northern Flicker
14. American Robin*
15. White-breasted Nuthatch
16. American Goldfinch
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. White-throated Sparrow
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Song Sparrow
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. Eastern Bluebird
24. Sharp-shinned Hawk
25. Chipping Sparrow
26. Broad-winged Hawk
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Brown Creeper (v)
30. American Woodcock


31. Carolina Wren (v)
32. Northern Cardinal (v)


Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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


A Walk in the Rain

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
American Redstart (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 August 2022.
American Redstart (female).

I was prepared for a little rain this morning, but the early weather radar showed that most precipitation was sliding off toward the north. One approaching shower could possibly graze us—but I didn’t mind.

Turns out the shower did graze us, but not for about a half hour. Meantime, the birds were shy, the woods were dark, and the air was cool. Pretty lovely, actually. When the shower did come, it turned into one of the most luscious hikes I can remember. Protected by the thick canopy, yet present for the soothing sound of the rain… Hard to describe. Just wonderful.

And after the rain let up, birds emerged—oriole, woodcock, raven, first restart in a good while.

Was looking forward to sweet rain all week, as forecast, but it seems the forecast has changed. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:37 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Hermit Thrush
3. American Crow* (v)
4. Gray Catbird**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Eastern Wood-pewee
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Brown Creeper (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. American Robin*
11. Cedar Waxwing
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. Baltimore Oriole
14. Song Sparrow**
15. Northern Flicker (v)
16. House Finch
17. Mourning Dove*
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Common Raven (v)
20. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
21. American Woodcock
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler
23. American Redstart
24. Black-throated Green Warbler
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)


27. Northern Cardinal

(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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