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Tuesday, June 27th, 2023
Black-billed Cuckoo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 June 2023.
Black-billed Cuckoo.

A morning (again) not rainy as originally forecast, rather (again) thick with fog. And again I somehow managed to get a few decent bird photos.

The decentest? A portrait of a Black-billed Cuckoo.

(Rain for real tomorrow.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:21 a.m. EST (8:21 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Cardinal (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe (v)
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Mourning Dove** (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. American Crow* (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
12. Alder Flycatcher (v)
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Song Sparrow**
15. Yellow Warbler (v)
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Black-billed Cuckoo
19. Eastern Bluebird
20. Veery** (v)
21. American Redstart** (v)
22. Tufted Titmouse (v)
23. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
24. American Robin*
25. Savannah Sparrow
26. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
27. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
28. Chipping Sparrow (v)


29. Mallard
30. Herring Gull
31. Rock Pigeon
32. Carolina Wren

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


Before the Rain

Sunday, June 18th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 June 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler.

This day was supposed to be a rainy one, and it did shower a little first thing, as dog and started up the main trail. But then the rain stopped and a thick fog rolled in. Still, somehow, I ended up with more than thirty bird species on my list.

Notable was a cuckoo where I’ve seen or heard one twice before, three thrushes, and a cute female Black-and-white Warbler that posed just long enough for me to focus and grab a fairly sharp photo of her.

Most of the rest of the day and evening was very rainy—and tomorrow will be, too (so they say).

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:48 a.m. EST (7:48 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Veery
3. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
4. Black-throated Green Warbler
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. Alder Flycatcher
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. Brown Thrasher
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
11. Song Sparrow
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler
13. Yellow Warbler
14. Gray Catbird
15. Eastern Towhee
16. American Goldfinch
17. Black-billed Cuckoo
18. American Redstart
19. Black-capped Chickadee
20. Hermit Thrush
21. Eastern Wood-pewee
22. Scarlet Tanager
23. Tufted Titmouse
24. Wood Thrush
25. Black-and-white Warbler
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Cedar Waxwing
28. Purple Finch
29. American Crow
30. Savannah Sparrow
31. Mourning Dove


32. Mallard
33. Wild Turkey
34. Herring Gull

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


Sun & Shadow

Saturday, June 10th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 June 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Third straight amazing skies in a row this morning with Captain Jack. Less sun, more shadow—rain in the offing—which might have to do with lighter bird numbers. But two new firsts-of-years showed up on the hill: a pair of Chimney Swifts and a pair of Barn Swallows. Also heard a cuckoo, which was fun.

Plus, I had chats with several fellow hikers—including a few out-of-staters, as the season has arrived.

We got a little wet on our return hike, but it was a light rain, which just added to the fun.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:55 a.m. sun time (8:55 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Scarlet Tanager (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
5. Wood Thrush (v)
6. Veery (v)
7. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Hairy woodpecker (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
13. Hermit Thrush (v)
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
16. Alder Flycatcher
17. Field Sparrow
18. Song Sparrow
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Eastern Bluebird
22. Chimney Swift†
23. Common Yellowthroat
24. American Redstart
25. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
26. Red-breasted Nuthatch
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
28. Blue Jay** (v)
29. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
30. Eastern Towhee
31. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
32. Common Raven (v)
33. Purple Finch
24. Barn Swallow†


40. 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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