20 May 2024

Posts Tagged ‘barn swallow’


Thursday, August 24th, 2023
Broad-winged Hawk (imm.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 August 2023.
Broad-winged Hawk (imm.).

Coolish again to start this day, but the flood of sun warmed things up soon enough. Not so many species as yesterday, but interesting encounters. Including, for the third straight day, another hawk flyby.

Raptors seem to take to the sky when they get that instinctual urge to move. That’s why there are so many hawk watches out there during migration—head to a high place and start counting. Today’s was an immature Broad-winged Hawk (along with another individual whose age I couldn’t gauge). They nest in these parts but migrate down to South America in fall.

Supposed to rain all day tomorrow. I wonder if dog and I will encounter a hawk in the rain.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:33 a.m. EST (8:33 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Gray Catbird**
4. Eastern Wood-pewee
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
7. Black-and-white Warbler
8. Brown Creeper
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. White-breasted Nuthatch**
11. American Crow*
12. American Redstart
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Common Yellowthroat (v)
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Song Sparrow
17. Broad-winged Hawk
18. Barn Swallow


19. Mourning Dove
20. Herring Gull
21. Rock Pigeon

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


Unseen Raven

Thursday, August 10th, 2023
Eastern Bluebird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 August 2023.
Eastern Bluebird (juvie).

Sunny and cool to start this morning, with a bit of haze in the air. Very slight breeze. The birds were still pretty quiet—except, notably, for a raven loudly testing its various calls unseen in a tree on a rise.

Never saw the raven, but I got to see waxwings in a fly hatch again, and got a nice pic of a juvie bluebird.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:54 a.m. EST (7:54 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. American Crow*
3. American Goldfinch
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler
6. Common Raven (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Gray Catbird
9. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
10. Eastern Wood-pewee
11. American Robin*
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Eastern Bluebird
15. White-breasted Nuthatch
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Barn Swallow
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Eastern Phoebe
20. Hermit Thrush


21. Northern Cardinal (v)
22. Mourning Dove

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



Monday, August 7th, 2023
Tree Swallows (and one Barn Swallow), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 August 2023.
Tree Swallows (and one Barn Swallow).

The day began with a hazy sun and an overcast on the way. A different day from yesterday, in part on account of a fly hatch. At the tips of the summit spruce grove, flies attracted many (mostly young) Tree Swallows—and one Barn Swallow tagged along.

Farther down the hill, a similar hatch lured a big flock of waxwings to the tops of some small trailside hardwoods. The birds were in waxwing heaven.

Tomorrow the rain will come. Dog and I will get wet for sure. Don’t mind.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:01 a.m. EST (8:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. American Goldfinch
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Brown Creeper (v)
9. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. Gray Catbird
12. Tree Swallow
13. Barn Swallow
14. American Robin*
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. American Crow*
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Chipping Sparrow
20. Purple Finch
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. Black-and-white Warbler (v)


26. Northern Cardinal (v)
27. Herring Gull
28. Wild Turkey
29. Mourning Dove
30. Rock Pigeon

(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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