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Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore oriole’


Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Baltimore Oriole (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 July 2018.

Baltimore Oriole (female).

A cool, sunny morning. We got to the hill fairly early, dog and I, but by the time our hike was done, the parking lot was full of cars. Got a glimpse of a pair of Black-Billed Cuckoos (!) and saw a pair—at least a pair—of orioles. Also enjoyed a few interesting conversations.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Mourning Dove* (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Song Sparrow
7. American Goldfinch**
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
9. Gray Catbird
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Cedar Waxwing**
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Alder Flycatcher
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Herring Gull*
18. Baltimore Oriole
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Tufted Titmouse (v)
21. American Robin*
22. Purple Finch
23. Black-billed Cuckoo
24. Turkey Vulture
25. Chipping Sparrow* (v)


26. Rock Pigeon
27. Broad-winged Hawk

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Birds Love Bluberries

Monday, July 16th, 2018
Mama towhee (with blueberries), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 July 2018.

Mama towhee (with blueberries).

This foggy, dewy morning brought out the parents of fledglings. Moist food—caterpillars, flies, blueberries—delivered to the youngsters. (In some instances, eaten by the youngsters themselves.) Waxwings catching flies, a Chestnut-sided Warbler grabbing a fat caterpillar, and an Eastern Towhee with a beakful of blueberries.

Like Jack and me, birds do love blueberries.

Random note: I got a glimpse of my first-of-year Baltimore Oriole, a species that doesn’t nest on the preserve (near as I can figure) but—like Barn Swallows—often stops by in summer when the fledglings begin to move around.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Mourning Dove*
2. American Crow*
3. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
4. Veery (v)
5. American Robin
6. American Goldfinch
7. Eastern Phoebe*
8. Song Sparrow
9. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Ovenbird
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Field Sparrow
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Eastern Bluebird
17. Gray Catbird
18. Savannah Sparrow
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. Purple Finch
21. Chipping Sparrow*
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Alder Flycatcher (v)
25. Baltimore Oriole†
26. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
27. Tufted Titmouse (v)


28. Herring Gull
29. Downy Woodpecker
30. Wild Turkey

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Something Learned

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Baltimore Oriole, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 August 2017.

Baltimore Oriole.

Amazing birds moving about Beech Hill this morning—mostly skulking quietly in the foliage, occasionally calling or singing. I had a lot of fun aiming for (usually missing) nice photos. Young thrush, young towhees, hummingbird, oriole, several warblers, circling hawk.

Baltimore Oriole (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 August 2017.

Baltimore Oriole (juvie).

At the summit, I heard a chatter like that of the House Wren I saw a few days ago (same chatter I heard yesterday), and just assumed that’s what it was. Shortly after, a chattering bird flew up and perched in plain view about 20 feet away—an oriole. Since I’m neither wren nor oriole expert, I began to question myself. That is, until I got distracted by a loud jumbled song not far away.

Chased down the loud song but never got a good look at the bird—except that it was a small and nondescript.  Only later, when I found the song online, did I realize I was right about the House Wren, after all.

My mission now is to learn the difference between the chatters of wren and oriole.

Broad-winged Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 August 2017.

Broad-winged Hawk.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Gray Catbird
6. Common Yellowthroat
7. Black-and-white Warbler
8. Hermit Thrush
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
11. Yellow Warbler
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Song Sparrow
15. Northern Cardinal** (v)
16. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Least Flycatcher
19. House Wren
20. Baltimore Oriole
21. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
22. American Redstart
23. Chestnut-sided Warbler
24. Yellow-rumped Warbler
25. Broad-winged Hawk
26. Chipping Sparrow* (v)


27. Blue Jay (v)
28. Herring Gull

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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