30 May 2023

Posts Tagged ‘blue-headed vireo’

Riotous Song

Sunday, May 14th, 2023
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2023.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male).

A lot cooler today than yesterday, and a bit blusterier. But also mostly blue above, and the leaves have started to obscure the canopy. And birdsong was everywhere this morning as dog and I headed up the hill.

First-of-year bird? A loudly singing Wood Thrush. Most notable sighting? Possibly the pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks hanging out in the leafy trees about half way up. (Saw a third below.) In fact, as I was watching the female, she suddenly took off, and a Cooper’s Hawk came zipping by—an unsuccessful chase, I’m pretty sure.

Spied another tanager today. Three geese flew over. Many, many warblers.

Yet again, I anticipate another fun walk tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:05 a.m. sun time (7:05 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. American Goldfinch** (v)
4. Wood Thrush† (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Northern Parula
11. Veery
12. Mourning Dove**
13. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
14. Cooper’s Hawk
15. Herring Gull*
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
18. American Crow*
19. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
20. Canada Goose
21. Scarlet Tanager
22. Nashville Warbler
23. White-throated Sparrow
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. American Redstart
26. Chipping Sparrow
27. Song Sparrow
28. Field Sparrow (v)
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Purple Finch (v)
31. Yellow Warbler (v)
32. Hermit Thrush (v)
33. Pine Warbler** (v)
34. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
35. Eastern Phoebe


36. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

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



Saturday, May 13th, 2023
Scarlet Tanager (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2023.
Scarlet Tanager (first of year).

It seemed a little early to have a tanager show up on the hill during my morning hike with dog, but there he was. I heard him first—as is nearly always the case—and crept up close enough for a photo. Last year I don’t believe I encountered a tanager at all (not sure), but know I didn’t see one. They used to arrive in late May, early June. A sign of warming? Likely so.

Coincidentally, about the same time I spied the tanager, I noticed an Olive-sided Flycatcher perched high on a small snag, with nothing but blue sky beyond. Those were the only firsts-of-year on our hike this morning.

But what a fun and lovely morning it was.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:05 a.m. sun time (7:05 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler
3. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
4. American Goldfinch
5. Common Yellowthroat (v)
6. Blue Jay**
7. American Restart (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Purple Finch (v)
10. Northern Parula (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Veery (v)
13. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Scarlet Tanager†
17. Olive-sided Flycatcher†
18. Gray Catbird (v)
19. Black-capped Chickadee
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Yellow Warbler
22. Song Sparrow (v)
23. White-throated Sparrow
24. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
25. Yellow-rumped Warbler
26. Chipping Sparrow
27. Eastern Bluebird
28. Tree Swallow
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. Osprey
31. Turkey Vulture
32. Broad-winged Hawk
33. Prairie Warbler (v)
34. Pine Warbler** (v)
35. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
36. Nashville Warbler (v)
37. Baltimore Oriole (v)
38. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


39. Mallard
40. Mourning Dove
41. Wild Turkey

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


Three Firsts

Friday, May 12th, 2023
Baltimore Oriole (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 May 2023.
Baltimore Oriole (first of year).

The day dawned with a sort of humid haze that lasted much of the day. Temps in the mid-50s (F) as dog and I started up the wooded Beech Hill trail. And there wasn’t much wind at all. I had no expectations—other than hoping for another first-of-year or two. Welp, I got three!

Right off the bat, I heard the voice of a Baltimore Oriole, which kindly flew up to a limb above us. Coming up the upper trail, I heard the voice of a Nashville Warbler. And at the summit, I heard—then saw—an American Restart.

Otherwise, we met five trail friends (and three dog friends) and oversaw the blooming blueberries and rhodora and little wild fruit trees.

Gonna be another good ’un tomorrow, I can just tell.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:18 a.m. sun time (7:18 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Song Sparrow
3. Black-throated Green Warbler**
4. Baltimore Oriole†
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. American Goldfinch
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Purple Finch
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
10. Northern Parula (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Brown Creeper
13. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
16. Gray Catbird
17. Nashville Warbler† (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)
20. Black-capped Chickadee
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. Yellow Warbler
23. American Robin
24. White-throated Sparrow**
25. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
26. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
27. Chipping Sparrow**
28. American Redstart†
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Tree Swallow
31. Eastern Phoebe
32. Northern Cardinal (v)
33. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
34. Veery (v)
35. Northern Flicker** (v)

(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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