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Cuckoo

Thursday, May 25th, 2023
Black-billed Cuckoo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 May 2023.
Black-billed Cuckoo (first of year).

A bright, chilly morning with a breeze. Upper 40s (F) to start, so I wore my birding hoodie—a smooth move. Wild birds, however, seemed relatively undaunted by the fact that the breeze was northeasterly, and dog and I had a nice hike.

That said, I had relatively few photo opportunities for much of our nature walk, which was a tad frustrating. Then, during our return, a long dark bird flitted across the hedgy trail ahead of us. It turned out to be my first Black-billed Cuckoo of the year. And the cuckoo stayed at its perch long enough for me to sneak up and get a few close photos of this handsome bird’s upper half.

Also noteworthy: a flushed woodcock, a vocal Least Flycatcher, and—at home—a fox carrying a deceased gray squirrel across the lawn.

Ah, spring!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:11 a.m. sun time (7:11 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. American Redstart**
5. Eastern Phoebe**
6. Blue Jay (v)
7. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
8. Hermit Thrush (v)
9. American Goldfinch
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Common Yellowthroat (v)
15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
16. American Woodcock
17. Veery
18. Song Sparrow**
19. American Crow*
20. Yellow Warbler (v)
21. Field Sparrow
22. Least Flycatcher (v)
23. American Robin
24. Alder Flycatcher (v)
25. Scarlet Tanager (v)
26. Chipping Sparrow
27. Purple Finch (v)
28. Eastern Bluebird
29. Herring Gull*
30. Tufted Titmouse (v)
31. Brown-headed Cowbird
32. Northern Parula (v)
33. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
34. Black-billed Cuckoo†
35. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
36. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
37. Wood Thrush (v)

Elsewhere

38. Pine Warbler (v)
39. European Starling

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel (live one)
Red Fox

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

†First-of-year

Woodpeckers

Saturday, July 16th, 2022
Northern Flicker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 July 2022.
Northern Flicker.

I don’t sat about woodpeckers, but I should. Our Maine patch, dog and I, has many species, and they’re a unique enough bird niche that I like ’em a lot. We’ve got the big ol’ fancy Pileated Woodpecker, the Northern Flicker (eastern race), the similar Hairies and Downies, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Plenty to get excited about.

Today I spied (or heard) four species. Other days I’ve had six—or none. They have (vastly or subtly) different calls, different drumming habits, slightly different habitats. IDs can be tricky without visual (or, in the case of downies and hairies, even with a visual).

I like the challenge. I love the drumming. Essentially, I’m infatuated with woodpeckers.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:12 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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

Elsewhere

37. Northern Cardinal (v)
38. Mourning Dove
39. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

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

 
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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