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Lush and Damp

Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Northern Flicker (photobombed by whitetail), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2019.
Northern Flicker (photobombed by whitetail).

Rained much of the night. Stopped long enough for a morning hike with dog. Damp, green, humid, lush. Interesting walk—including a first-of-year patch of fireweed (ate my first blossom of the year, yum), Mourning Dove singing from the chimney of Beech Nut, Philadelphia Vireo singing by the road, A white-tail showing up in a photo I took of a flicker.

On way back home I stopped in traffic on Route 1 to let a little family of Mallards cross.

More rain later. Precipitation is generally not a bad thing.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Purple Finch (v)
2. Veery** (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Ovenbird (v)
5. Gray Catbird**
6. American Goldfinch
7. American Crow*
8. Philadelphia Vireo (v)
9. Song Sparrow **
10. Common Yellowthroat**
11. Yellow Warbler
12. American Robin
13. Tree Swallow
14. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
15. Nashville Warbler (v)
16. Alder Flycatcher (v)
17. Herring Gull*
18. Savannah Sparrow
19. Northern Cardinal (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler
23. Eastern Bluebird (v)
24. Mourning Dove*
25. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
26. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
27. Northern Flicker
28. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
29. American Redstart (v)
30. Black-and-white Warbler**


31. Wild Turkey
33. Mallard

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

Favorite Song

Thursday, June 27th, 2019
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 June 2019.
Savannah Sparrow.

Today I realized what my favorite bird’s song is—current favorite anyway. The song of the Savannah Sparrow.

Sure, I have other favorites—the thrushes’ songs, of course, and the song of the Black-throated Blue Warbler (my favorite wood-warbler)—but something about the Savannah’s subtle-yet-loud, unassuming-yet-beautiful, far-carrying, wee-yet-unbridled song just thrills me like no other. Simple as that.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t heard it as often as usual this year. (So infrequently did I hear it that I feared no Savannahs were nesting in my patch for the first time ever I can remember.) But this morning’s song in the fog—with the little hiccup at the end—lifted my spirits in beautiful ways.

Yep, it’s my favorite.

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

1. Song Sparrow**
2. American Goldfinch
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
6. Veery** (v)
7. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
8. Nashville Warbler
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Alder Flycatcher (v)
11. Tree Swallow
12. Savannah Sparrow
13. Field Sparrow
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
15. Yellow Warbler
16. Northern Cardinal* (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow*
18. Gray Catbird
19. Purple Finch (v)
20. Red-eyed Vireo**
21. Ovenbird (v)
22. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
23. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
24. Herring Gull* (v)
25. American Redstart (v)


26. Eastern Phoebe
27. Blue Jay (v)
28. American Robin
29. American Crow
30. Mourning Dove

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

A Time of Shade

Monday, June 24th, 2019
Common Yellowthroat (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 June 2019.
Common Yellowthroat (male).

Summer is a time of shade. This morning dog and I got to the hill pretty early, after the sun had barely risen above the eastern canopy, now thick with new green leaves. The shadows were long, the light on the understory filtered and diffuse. The wild birds—with nestlings or fledglings or other secret business—lurked in shadow.

Whenever Jack and I moved into the shade, however, we were beset upon by mosquitoes. A dilemma: Do we hurry to the warm sun patches, where our fur or sweatshirt made us pant or sweat? Or do we linger in the cool of the shadows, where the action was.

Truth be told, we did a little of both.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail—and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Ovenbird
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Alder Flycatcher
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Song Sparrow
12. Nashville Warbler
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. American Goldfinch
15. Tree Swallow
16. Field Sparrow
17. Eastern Phoebe
18. American Crow
19. Blue Jay
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Yellow Warbler
22. Black-billed Cuckoo
23. Gray Catbird
24. Purple Finch
25. Eastern Wood-pewee
26. Black-capped Chickadee
27. Pileated Woodpecker
28. Downy Woodpecker
29. White-breasted Nuthatch
30. American Robin
31. Black-throated Green Warbler
32. American Redstart


33. Herring Gull
34. Northern Cardinal

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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