2 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘black-throated blue warbler’

Raven in the Fog (Revisited)

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022
Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 August 2022.
Common Raven.

Years ago, I climbed Beech Hill on a foggy morn, and when I reached the summit, a raven flew by, and let me take its photo. I recall being thrilled at that moment. It was almost as if we were both meant to cross paths like that—I’m sure it was the best photo of that foggy day

Today, as Jack and I reached the foggy summit, I thought of that big black bird and said aloud something like, “This’d be a good day to see a raven in the fog.”

Not five minutes later, rounding a curve in the trail, I spotted a raven sitting on a rock surrounded by wet foliage just in front of us. I froze. I took its photo. And before to long, it took wing and flew away in the fog.

(Lots of rain overnight. Ahhh.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Northern Cardinal (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Gray Catbird
6. Veery (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. American Goldfinch
9. Least Flycatcher (v)
10. Song Sparrow
11. Common Raven
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Herring Gull
15. Black-throated Blue Warbler
16. Red-eyed Vireo


17. Mourning Dove
18. Eastern Wood-pewee

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


Black-throated Blue

Sunday, July 17th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 July 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

A fairly early morning, summer warmish, with an overcast becoming clear by the time we hit the trail, dog and I. Again we first took the lower wooded trail (which will continue), and again a surprisingly good number of species.

Most noteworthy, though, was the voice of a Black-throated Blue Warbler within a few minutes of our embarking. My favorite warbler, but one I hadn’t encountered upon returning to Maine before today. Didn’t see it, wasn’t sure what I was hearing at first—but there it was.

Sure would love to see one. ??

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:26 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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


35. Northern Cardinal (v)

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


Sudden Abundance

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
First-day phoebe fledgling, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 June 2019.
First-day phoebe fledgling.

Early to the hill again, and again an embarrassment of species. Noteworthy was a Yellow-throated Vireo I heard calling just down from the summit. Also noteworthy were various fledglings—including a couple first-day Eastern Phoebe babies at the hut.

A male eastern bluebird sopped by the hill this early morning.
Male eastern bluebird.

Bluebirds abounded. Plenty of other species also. We’ve already got probably twice as many migratory birds as arrived here just a few weeks ago. And many more still will fly south come fall.

Rain tonight. A little tomorrow. Flooding is a rare challenge—but better too much rain than not enough.

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

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Eastern Phoebe*
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Chipping Sparrow**
12. Mourning Dove* (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat**
15. Tree Swallow
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Veery (v)
18. Purple Finch
19. Northern Cardinal (v)
20. Herring Gull* (v)
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
24. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Northern Flicker (v)
27. Gray Catbird
28. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
31 Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
32. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
33. Nashville Warbler
34. Common Loon
35. Yellow-throated Vireo†
36. Field Sparrow


36. House Finch
37. Red-winged Blackbird

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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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