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Vireo

Monday, September 18th, 2023
Blue Headed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 September 2023.
Blue Headed Vireo.

Overcast, breezy, and chilly this morning when dog and I started up the open trail. Birds were about—more than in recent days—and clearly many looked to be migrants.

Notable was the dearth of species in the wooded trails until we happened upon a little gathering of vocal chickadees. Sure enough, in the leafy canopy above them, flitted nice selection of species—vireos, titmice, nuthatches. Heard flicker and Pileated Woodpecker. A blue-headed vireo even posed for a photo.

Rain tonight, clearing tomorrow. Soon the fun begins.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:34 a.m. EST (8:34 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Pileated Woodpecker* (v)
2. Eastern Towhee (v)
3. Eastern Wood-pewee
4. American Goldfinch
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. American Robin (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Northern Flicker**
11. Gray Catbird (v)
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Tufted Titmouse
16. Chestnut-sided Warbler
17. Hermit Thrush
18. Blue-headed Vireo
19. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
20. Song Sparrow

Elsewhere

21. Carolina Wren (v)
22. Mourning Dove
23. Herring Gull
24. European Starling
25. Belted Kingfisher

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

†First-of-year

Warbler Rush

Sunday, September 10th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

A cool morning, with sun to start but clouds soon moving over and a bit of a breeze. Rain in the forecast, but it didn’t come while dog and I were hiking. However, the birds must’ve known a secret, because as our hike reached about its three-quarter mark, a sudden flood of species moved through the trees above us. And most of them were wood-warblers.

Chestnut-sided, redstart, parula, yellow-rump, black-and-white—it seemed like a little preview of a migratory fallout. With their quick flitting and the dim, gray conditions, it was hard to grab a decent photo. But here’s a pick of a singing Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Rain is forecast for much of tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:23 a.m. EST (8:23 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch**
2. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
3. Hairy Woodpecker
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Gray Catbird
6. Eastern Towhee (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat** (v)
8. Hermit Thrush
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. American Goldfinch
14. Yellow Warbler
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Chestnut-sided Warbler
17. Black-and-white Warbler
18. Tufted Titmouse
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Northern Parula
21. American Redstart
22. Eastern Wood-pewee
23. Blue-headed Vireo
24. Blue Jay (v)

Elsewhere

25. Mourning Dove
26. Herring Gull
27. Mallard
28. Osprey

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

†First-of-year

Forest Hawk

Saturday, September 9th, 2023
Broad-winged Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 September 2023.
Broad-winged Hawk.

Again we encountered relatively few bird species this warm, muggy morning, dog and I. However, one of my early sightings was a Broad-winged Hawk in the woodlands. Broad-wings are forest hawks, and I see a few every year. Typically, I’ll spy one when it leaves a perch to fly a little distance away from an approaching dog and human. Most of the time I can find their new perch—which is what happened this morning.

Also noteworthy was a singing Blue-headed Vireo, a sign (to me, at least) that birds are beginning to think about fall migration. Can hardly wait.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:04 a.m. EST (8:04 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
5. Broad-winged Hawk
6. Downy Woodpecker (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Blue-headed Vireo
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Gray Catbird (v)
14. American Crow* (v)
15. Song Sparrow
16. Blue Jay (v)

Elsewhere

17. Mourning Dove
18. Herring Gull
19. Rock Pigeon

(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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