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Ovenbird

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023
Ovenbird
Ovenbird.

Rained overnight, and the morning trails were watery when Captain Jack and I hit the hill. Chilly enough for a sweatshirt, but calm, with air that had the fragrance of fall.

Plenty of birds—I suppose thanks to a change in wind direction—including a minor fallout of yellow-rumps, a very vocal kinglet, and some vocal woodpecker species. Most notable would be an Ovenbird that was hanging out with a Hermit Thrush. (They do look a little alike, I guess.)

To top things off, in afternoon, another dog (Oscar) and I walked the Rockland Breakwater—which will explain a few species listed below.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:01 a.m. EST (9:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Song Sparrow
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. American Crow*
8. American Robin
9. Eastern Towhee (v)
10. Purple Finch (v)
11. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
12. Gray Catbird** (v)
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
16. Hermit Thrush
17. Ovenbird
18. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

19. Mallard
20. Northern Cardinal
21. Herring Gull
22. Bald Eagle
23. Double-crested Cormorant

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Harbor Seal

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

†First-of-year

Sad

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler (deceased), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 September 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler (deceased).
Bald Eagle (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 September 2023.
Bald Eagle (immature).

Two Beech Hill hikes today: a quick, early one with Jack-my-dog, and a later, longer one with a group of curious kids on a middle school field trip. Both were fun.

Ten species early and another six later—the latter ones being most interesting (including an eagle accompanied by hawks). Alas, the last bird on my list was deceased: a dead Black-and-white Warbler I found lying along the trail near the summit. My guess is the bird flew into a window of the hut and managed to flutter across the lawn a ways before succumbing to its injuries. Whatever the case, it’s always sad to find a dead bird.

Migration is risky no matter who you are, and some migrants don’t make it to their destinations. I tossed the little warbler into a soft, shady patch of grass.

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

1. Blue Jay** (v)
2. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
4. Hermit Thrush (v)
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. Gray Catbird
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. American Goldfinch
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
12. Turkey Vulture*
13. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Red-shouldered Hawk
15. American Crow*
16. Bald Eagle
17. Black-and-white Warbler (deceased)

Elsewhere

18. Carolina Wren (v)
19. House Sparrow
20. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
House Sparrow

Reptiles

Eastern Garter Snake

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

†First-of-year

After the Storm

Sunday, September 17th, 2023
Osprey, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 September 2023.
Osprey.

What a difference a day makes, so they say. Yesterday galloped in like a wild river rider, fast and bucking and splashing water all over everything. Today dawned cloudless and merely breezy. As expected, fallen branches littered all preserve trails (along with a couple of toppled trees). I managed to neaten things pretty well, though—and was rewarded with a nice selection of bird species.

Notable were a hummingbird, a fish hawk, a vulture. And elsewhere—including a pleasant drive down a coastal peninsula—a kingfisher, geese, and an eagle.

Simply a lovely September day.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. Blue Jay** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
5. Gray Catbird
6. American Crow*
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Osprey
9. Eastern Towhee (v)
10. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
11. Turkey Vulture*
12. American Robin (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Northern Flicker** (v)
15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
16. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

17. Herring Gull
18. Belted Kingfisher
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Canada Goose
21. Bald Eagle

(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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