31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘blue-headed vireo’

Flitting Migrants

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022
Swainson’s Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 October 2022.
Swainson’s Thrush.

Again nippy with partial sun, but rather windy when dog and I headed up the hill. With the loudly rustling leaves, it was hard to make out the voices of the birds in the woods—but I followed a couple pods of chickadees, who were (as often is the case) companied by quiet little warblers. Also vireos.

Four warbler spp., three corvid spp., two vireo spp, a pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks, an Osprey, and the southbound flight of three geese. Plus a raven—and another Swainson’s Thrush. (Growing to like the species a lot.)

I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Purple Finch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Blue-headed Vireo
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. Nashville Warbler
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Magnolia Warbler
10. Swainson’s Thrush
11. White-throated Sparrow*
12. Sharp-shinned Hawk
13. Canada Goose
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Dark-eyed Junco
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)


20. Song Sparrow (v)

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



Sunday, September 18th, 2022
Blue-headed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2022.
Blue-headed Vireo.

Another clear, breezy morning with a nice assortment of nervous birds. Among the several species up at the summit spruce grove, I spied a Blue-headed Vireo. It’s been weeks since I’ve seen one, months since I’ve heard them singing. This one must’ve been on its way south.

As, by the way, was a nice-sized flock of migrating Monarchs—most I’ve seen so far.

No hawks today, but dog and I did spook another woodcock.

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

1. Common Yellowthroat (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Blue Jay
4. Northern Flicker
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. American Goldfinch** (v)
7. American Robin
8. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. American Woodcock
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Gray Catbird (v)
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch
16. Blue-headed Vireo
17. Song Sparrow
18. Hermit Thrush
19. Osprey
20. Downy Woodpecker (v)


21. Mourning Dove


Eastern Gray Squirrel
American Red Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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



Sunday, July 31st, 2022
Chipping Sparrow (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 July 2022.
Chipping Sparrow (juvie).

Three years ago today, I was hauling a trailer full of my (and Jack’s) belongings and moving to Salt Lake City. Three months ago, we returned—and glad we did. [Not that I didn’t enjoy the high desert.] Today was a good representation of why: a cool morning hike, clean, fragrant air, many birds to observe, a long view of the bay.

Notable today were three woodpecker species that made their presences known within a few minutes of each other, several bird families (adults and juvies, among them nuthatches, sparrows, waxwings), and crows chasing a hawk.

Loved this morning, and looking forward to the next.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. American Crow*
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. Ovenbird
7. American Goldfinch
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Hermit Thrush
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)
13. Brown Creeper (v)
14. American Robin
15. Hairy Woodpecker
16. Downy Woodpecker (v)
17. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
18. Eastern Towhee
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Common Yellowthroat
21. Gray Catbird
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Chipping Sparrow
25. Field Sparrow
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Blue-headed Vireo
28. Blue Jay (v)
29. House Wren (v)
30. Herring Gull*
31. Broad-winged Hawk
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Yellow Warbler (v)
34. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)


35. Mourning Dove


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


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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