30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘black-capped chickadee’

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

Tanagers

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022
Least Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 June 2022.
Least Flycatcher.

Cooler and damper after yesterday’s rain, sunny with a bit of a breeze. I truly had no expectations, just figured I’d hear and/or see a few birds, maybe learn a thing or two.

And I did—both. Notably, I heard/saw a Least Flycatcher, and spied a Red Crossbill (fem./imm.—first I’ve seen on the hill) high on a spruce at the summit and, in the woods toward the end of our hike, I heard two species of tanager.

First was a Scarlet Tanager, which I hunted for up in the leafy canopy but could not get a look at. Finally I spotted the bird apparently being chased by another tanager. And then I heard the voice of the other tanager—a Summer Tanager. Couldn’t get a good bead on that one, either, although I did watch it fly away

I’ll be keeping my eye peeled for tanagers going forward.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:22 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Song Sparrow**
2. Ovenbird
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Veery
6. Gray Catbird
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Common Yellowthroat
10. American Crow*
11. American Goldfinch**
12. Black-and-white Warbler
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. Field Sparrow
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Yellow Warbler
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Red Crossbill†
21. Purple Finch
22. American Robin*
23. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Prairie Warbler
25. Least Flycatcher
26. Tufted Titmouse (v)
27. Herring Gull*
28. Broad-winged Hawk
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
31. Eastern Wood-pewee
32. Scarlet Tanager (v)
33. Summer Tanager (v)

Elsewhere

34. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Wild Wind

Monday, June 27th, 2022
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 June 2022.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Not until we hit the trailhead, dog and I, did the wind pick up. The rush rose in the canopy as the leafed-out summer trees began to wag and sway. Made it tricky to hear the voices of birds—but hear them I still did, somehow. And while today’s list was shorter than recent ones, it still felt like a lively morning.

Notable were tiny pockets of squealing woodland fledglings, a hard-to-miss gaggle of waxwings, and a singing Prairie Warbler down by Beech Hill Road.

Also notable was the absence—for the second straight day—of the House Wren on the bluebird box down there. I wonder if the wren’s raucous, weeks-long presence is no more.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:36 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Veery
5. Eastern Phoebe
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. American Crow
10. Gray Catbird
11. Yellow Warbler
12. Field Sparrow
13. Mourning Dove
14. Song Sparrow
15. American Goldfinch
16. Prairie Warbler
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Turkey Vulture
19. American Robin
20. White-breasted Nuthatch
21. Chipping Sparrow
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. Black-capped Chickadee
24. Hermit Thrush
25. Eastern Wood-pewee

Elsewhere

26. Herring Gull
27. Barn Swallow
28. Downy Woodpecker

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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