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Erickson Fields

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023
Black-throated Green Warbler (singing with its mouth full), Erickson Fields Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2023.
Black-throated Green Warbler (singing with its mouth full).

This morning dawned sunny and pleasantly cool, mid- to upper-50s (F). The forecasters suggested it’d get warmer, which gave me the idea of hiking over the hill and down the trail to the Erickson Fields Preserve. So that’s what dog and I did.

Was a long hike—both time-wise and miles-wise—but well worth it. The Erickson Fields trail traverses quite a different habitat from Beech Hill’s hardwoods and barrens (old-growth spruce/pine and grasslands), which support a notably different array of wild birds. Had multiple Black-throated Blue Warblers, saw a bunch of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, even heard the very high-pitched song of a Blackburnian Warbler. And at the far end was a grassy field with Barn Swallows zipping around.

I’m astonished that I waited so long to take that lovely hike. We’ll be doing it again real soon, dog and I.

Beech Hill/Erickson Fields List
Starting at 6:09 a.m. EST (7:09 DST), I hiked all trails at both preserves.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Brown Creeper (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler **
7. Veery
8. American Goldfinch**
9. American Crow*
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Gray Catbird* (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker
14. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
15. Hermit Thrush (v)
16. American Robin*
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Common Yellowthroat (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Osprey
21. Herring Gull*
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Field Sparrow
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. American Redstart
26. Eastern Phoebe*
27. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
28. Common Raven (v)
29. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
30. Chipping Sparrow
31. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
32. Northern Cardinal (v)
33. Scarlet Tanager (v)
34. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
35. Blue-headed Vireo
36. Least Flycatcher (v)
37. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
38. Black-throated Blue Warbler
39. Blue Jay (v)
40. Mourning Dove*
41. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
42. Barn Swallow
43. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
44. Blackburnian Warbler (v)
45. Northern Parula (v)
46. Black-capped Chickadee
47. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
48. Purple Finch (v)
49. Turkey Vulture

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


More Goodness

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
Blue Jay, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 May 2019.
Blue Jay.

A bright chilly morning. Started slow, but soon enough warmed enough to set free some black flies, and the birds appeared slowly and steadily. My one first-of-year species I didn’t notice until I looked at photos (a Wilson’s Warbler vs a Yellow Warbler)—but lots of variety.

Blue Jays were conspicuous, others inconspicuous. A few quiet birds snuck onto the list (e.g., kingbirds, waxwings, Blackburnian warbler), a few noisy ones returned (e.g., Great Crested Flycatcher). No cuckoos today.

In a surprise twist, I took a dramatic tumble off a boardwalk, but no damage done to my person or optics, and Jack was amused.

All in all, another day of fun.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Ovenbird
3. Blue Jay
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. Veery
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. Gray Catbird**
10. Wood Thrush (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. American Redstart
14. American Goldfinch**
15. Tufted Titmouse (v)
16. Scarlet Tanager
17. American Crow*
18. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
19. Downy Woodpecker (v)
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
22. Purple Finch (v)
23. Tree Swallow
24. Alder Flycatcher
25. Eastern Kingbird
26. Cedar Waxwing
27. Field Sparrow (v)
28. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
29. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
30. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
33. Least Flycatcher (v)
34. Northern Flicker (v)
35. Mourning Dove (v)
36. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
37. Northern Parula (v)
38. Wilson’s Warbler†
39. Blackburnian Warbler


40. House Finch (v)
41. Herring Gull
42. Bald Eagle

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

Big Day

Monday, May 27th, 2019
Black-throated Blue Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 May 2019.
Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Thick fog this morning, but it burned off by the time we got to the trailhead. And it turned out to be the best birding day of spring so far. Dozens of species, good looks, nice variety—but I forgot to turn on my GoPro.

Good hike though: first-of-year Maggie warb, decent photos. Fun and fruitful anyway.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Veery
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler*
9. Great Crested Flycatcher
10. Yellow Warbler
11. Gray Catbird**
12. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
13. Northern Parula
14. Wood Thrush (v)
15. Blue Jay*
16. Eastern Towhee*
17. Magnolia Warbler†
18. American Goldfinch
19. Scarlet Tanager (v)
20. Herring Gull*
21. Alder Flycatcher
22. American Crow*
23. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
24. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
25. Song Sparrow**
26. Field Sparrow
27. Eastern Phoebe
28. Tree Swallow
29. Barn Swallow
30. Chipping Sparrow**
31. Broad-winged Hawk
32. Turkey Vulture*
33. Eastern Bluebird (v)
34. Nashville Warbler (v)
35. Northern Flicker (v)
36. Purple Finch
37. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
38. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
39. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
40. Mourning Dove**
41. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
42. Hermit Thrush (v)
43. Black-throated Blue Warbler
44. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
45. Blackburnian Warbler (v)
46. Black-and-white Warbler**


47. House Finch (v)
48. Wild Turkey
49. Laughing Gull†

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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