24 June 2024

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Jewel in the Rain

Friday, August 25th, 2023
Prairie Warbler (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 August 2023.
Prairie Warbler (juvie).

Dog and I hiked in the rain this morning. Not a hard rain, but a steady one for much of it. Hardly any birds to start, but I began to hear some in the woodlands—and after the rain let up a bit, got a glimpse of a few species.

The highlight: a juvenile Prairie Warbler that popped up for a photo at the very end of our hike. First prairie I’ve seen this year (although I heard ’em singing in spring).

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:28 a.m. EST (8:28 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Cedar Waxwing
2. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. American Redstart
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
7. Gray Catbird
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Song Sparrow
11. American Crow* (v)
12. Prairie Warbler


13. Wild Turkey
14. Herring Gull
15. Northern Cardinal (v)
16. Double-crested Cormorant
17. Osprey
18. Rock Pigeon

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



Wednesday, August 16th, 2023
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 August 2023.
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

Pretty sure the bird in the photo above is a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. I don’t see this species often—in fact, I believe my first Beech Hill sighting happened in early September last year—but this particular bird happened to pop up right in front of me as dog and I were moseying along the upper wooded trail. If you’re patient, and attentive, and have developed sort of fine-tuned observatory senses, every now and then you get a gift like this.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:53 a.m. EST (7:53 DST), I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. Gray Catbird*
8. American Crow*
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. American Goldfinch**
11. Brown Creeper (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Eastern Bluebird (v)
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Song Sparrow
18. Eastern Phoebe (v)
19. Chestnut-sided Warbler
20. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher†
21. Northern Cardinal (v)


22. Wild Turkey
23. Herring Gull
24. Laughing Gull
25. Osprey (v)

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



Thursday, July 20th, 2023
Northern Flicker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 July 2023.
Northern Flicker.

The sun rose this morning, unobscured by fog. And the heat rose slowly, and birds were active—adults and youngsters alike. Fewer species than on recent cloudy days, but more photo ops.

Notable: a singing black-throated blue; a posing black-throated green; a posing flicker; three vultures; the first Broad-winged Hawk in a while.

Feels like true summer around here finally.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:30 a.m. EST (7:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

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


31. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
32. Mallard
33. Mourning Dove


Eastern Gray Squirrel


American Lady

(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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