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Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
American Kestrel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 May 2019.
American Kestrel.

Every spring for the past many years, I’ve seen kestrels pass through Beech Hill Preserve. They’ve tended to arrive in mid-April—hovering above the barrens, perching on little snags—and are gone by the first of May.

I’ve seen them dive and bring up prey. Even spied one once in the bare loan oak tree dining on a snake. But never have I seen evidence of a nesting pair on the hill.

Until this year. Every day for the past couple weeks (or more) they dependably appear, scanning the barrens from the roofs of the bluebird boxes, driving the swallows crazy. I wonder how this will change the order of things.

Already this spring has seen no evidence of nesting Savannah Sparrows (a first since I’ve been coming)—will there be no annual phoebe nest in the eaves of Beech Nut this year?

It’ll be interesting to see how things go.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin
2. Ovenbird
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Herring Gull
6. American Goldfinch
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Tufted Titmouse
9. Nashville Warbler
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. Mourning Dove
12. Common Raven
13. Downy Woodpecker
14. Gray Catbird
15. Northern Parula
16. American Crow
17. Song Sparrow
18. Black-throated Green Warbler
19. American Kestrel
20. Tree Swallow
21. Blue Jay
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Purple Finch
24. Veery


25. Barred Owl
26. House Finch
27. Common Grackle
28. Northern Cardinal

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

Nice Surprises

Sunday, May 12th, 2019
Scarlet Tanager (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 May 2019.
Scarlet Tanager (first of year).
Swamp Sparrow (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 May 2019.
Swamp Sparrow (first of year).

Cool but not too windy. Partly overcast, hazy sun. Got to the hill a bit late, at 8, but still had a heck of a bird list. Notable were a number of first-of-year species—including a surprise pair of (silent) male Scarlet Tanagers.

Also a nice surprise was a Swamp Sparrow. First booming grouse. First Alder Flycatcher. And got a sweet photo of a singing Ovenbird.

Looking forward to tomorrow.

Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 May 2019.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. American Robin*
4. Hermit Thrush
5. Herring Gull*
6. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
7. Northern Parula** (v)
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Gray Catbird
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. American Goldfinch**
14. White-throated Sparrow
15. Nashville Warbler** (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat (v)
17. Ruffed Grouse (booming)
18. Northern Flicker (v)
19. Swamp Sparrow†
20. American Crow*
21. Tree Swallow
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Black-throated Blue Warbler**
24. Alder Flycatcher†
25. Blue-headed Vireo
26. Purple Finch (v)
27. American Kestrel
28. Eastern Bluebird
29. Chipping Sparrow*
30. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
31. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
32. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
33. Brown-headed Cowbird
34. Chestnut-sided Warbler
35. Scarlet Tanager†
36. Least Flycatcher (v)


37. Barred Owl (v)
38. House Finch

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

And Then It Rained

Friday, May 10th, 2019
Bluebird in the rain, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 May 2019.
Bluebird in the rain.

Supposed to rain all day today, and sure enough there was a steady drizzle going on when first I looked out the window. Checked the radar, finally made a decision to move (about two hours later than usual)—and somehow the timing was great. Just very light rain (if any) during our two hours on the hill.

Twenty-two species, too, somehow. Best sighting was a pair of bluebirds apparently laying claim to one of the bird boxes. Guess we’ll see tomorrow (when it should be less rainy).

Addendum: Tonight, in bed, I heard out my window the calls of Barred Owls.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Robin (v)
2. Ovenbird (v)
3. Hermit Thrush
4. Black-and-white Warbler
5. Eastern Towhee
6. American Crow*
7. Herring Gull*
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. American Goldfinch
10. Field Sparrow (v)
11. Gray Catbird (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Blue-headed Vireo
14. Eastern Phoebe
15. American Kestrel
16. Eastern Bluebird
17. Purple Finch (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
20. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
21. Northern Flicker (v)
22. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


23. House Finch
24. Rock Pigeon
25. Barred Owl (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson

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