30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘black-billed cuckoo’

Cuckoo

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022
Black-billed Cuckoo (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 June 2022.
Black-billed Cuckoo (juvie).

A coolish, calmish, dryish morning with plenty of buzzing mosquitos—and a good plenty of bird species, too. An amazing array, in fact: four thrushes, three woodpeckers; a passel of warblers; lots of sparrows.

Most notable—a quiet juvenile Black-billed Cuckoo that showed up in a shady place about 20 feet in front of us, dog and me. We even managed to stay still enough to grab portrait.

I’ll take a day like today any day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:18 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Veery
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Red-eyed Vireo**
5. American Crow*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Wood Thrush (v)
11. Northern Cardinal** (v)
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
16. Brown Creeper (v)
17. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Black-billed Cuckoo
20. Gray Catbird*
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Mourning Dove*
24. Northern Flicker
25. Cedar Waxwing
26. Chipping Sparrow (v)
27. American Robin*
28. Purple Finch
29. Eastern Towhee
30. Prairie Warbler (v)
31. Savannah Sparrow
32. Field Sparrow (v)
33. Alder Flycatcher
34. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. American Redstart (v)
36. Blue Jay (v)
37. Downy Woodpecker
38. Osprey (v)

Elsewhere

39. House Sparrow
40. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Fun in Fog

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022
Hermit Thrush fledgling, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2022.
Hermit Thrush fledgling.

Cool and overcast at the start of our hike, and humid, with very little wind. Thick fog and drippy at the summit of the hill, with low visibility. But never mind the weather—a lot going on out there.

For one thing, fledglings. I could hear them calling from their hiding places in the thick summer foliage. And I spied several adults with beaks crammed with food. I even spotted a few fledglings—Hermit Thrushes staying still, Hairy Woodpeckers begging from their mom.

Short-tailed Weasel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2022.
Short-tailed Weasel.

Another exceptional moment: a Short-tailed Weasel bounding along the trail toward dog and me, pulling up short, then dashing off into the shrubbery again. Returning, seeing us, dashing off. Returning a third time.

(Never saw it after the third time, but did manage to grab a quick photo.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Song Sparrow
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Ovenbird**
5. American Redstart**
6. Veery
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Northern Cardinal** (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Gray Catbird
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. American Goldfinch
13. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
14. American Crow* (v)
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Northern Flicker
17. American Woodcock
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Northern Parula (v)
22. House Wren (v)
23. American Robin (v)
24. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
25. Scarlet Tanager (v)
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Downy Woodpecker
28. Eastern Wood-pewee
29. Eastern Phoebe

Elsewhere

30. Wild Turkey

Mammals

Short-tailed Weasel

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

†First-of-year

Many birds

Sunday, June 12th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 12 Jun2 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

This morning dawned cool but warmed up quickly. Dog and I proceeded up the trail amid clouds of mosquitos and the voices of many birds.

Notable were Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-billed Cuckoo, a Common Loon in flight, a first-of-year Brown Thrasher, and a pair of vocal (first-of-year) Red-shouldered Hawks having some kind of relationship high in the sky.

I got quite a few photos, too—but I’ve decided to post the last one of our hike: a Hermit Thrush, posing near the trailhead.

Supposed to be showery tomorrow. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:47 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. Common Yellowthroat
4. Eastern Phoebe*
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. American Goldfinch**
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Veery
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. American Redstart**
14. Hairy Woodpecker
15. Northern Cardinal** (v)
16. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Gray Catbird
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
21. Scarlet Tanager (v)
22. Common Loon (v)
23. Song Sparrow**
24. Prairie Warbler (v)
25. Yellow Warbler
26. American Robin*
27. Tree Swallow
28. American Crow*
29. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
30. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
31. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
32. House Wren
33. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
34. Brown Thrasher†
35. Broad-winged Hawk
36. Red-shouldered Hawk†
37. Savannah Sparrow (v)
38. Hermit Thrush

Elsewhere

39. Mourning Dove

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

†First-of-year

 
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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