26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘blue-headed vireo’

Tanager

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
Summer Tanager (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04856.
Summer Tanager (female), a lifer for me.

A mostly clear, coolish, breezy morning. Just a lovely day. Quite a few birds about despite the wind—including a surprise vagrant on our return, one that happened to be a lifer for me. A Summer Tanager (female).

I assumed at first it was a female Scarlet Tanager. Kind of embarrassed I didn’t notice the differences in the field. Unmistakable, though, in retrospect.

Otherwise just a very lovely day overall. Rode my bike this afternoon to do errands. (Never had thundershowers last night, BTW.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. Ovenbird**
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Song Sparrow**
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Veery (v)
11. Gray Catbird**
12. Wood Thrush (v)
13. Black-and-white Warbler
14. Northern Parula
15. Eastern Towhee
16. American Redstart
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Chipping Sparrow**
22. Field Sparrow
23. American Robin
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
25. Tree Swallow
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
28. Turkey Vulture*
29. Savannah Sparrow
30. Eastern Wood-pewee
31. Blue-headed Vireo
32. Brown Creeper
33. Summer Tanager†‡
34. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

35. Wild Turkey
36. Northern Cardinal (v)
37. Mallard
38. Mourning Dove (v)

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

†First-of-year
‡Lifer

Vireos, etc.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022
Blue-headed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 May 2022.
Blue-headed Vireo.

Another morning much like yesterday’s—although we hiked earlier, and the temperature was slightly higher, and the fog was quite a bit thicker. (Not as drippy, though.) And my list has the most bird species of any after my return to Maine.

The only first-of-year species was a Winter Wren I heard down along the wooded trail (where I used to hear a few).

But for some reason, this one involved focus on two vireo species: red-eyed and blue-headed. They both sang a lot, both posed for (dim, grainy-ish) photos. And I realized—even thinking back to a couple species in Utah—how much I dig vireos.

Might be a few thundershowers tonight, and then a sunnier day tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Ovenbird
5. Northern Parula**
6. Common Yellowthroat
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee
12. Veery
13. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
14. Northern Cardinal** (v)
15. American Crow* (v)
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. Black-and-white Warbler
18. Wood Thrush (v)
19. American Redstart* (v)
20. Eastern Bluebird
21. Blue-headed Vireo
22. Winter Wren† (v)
23. Alder Flycatcher (v)
24. Yellow Warbler
25. Eastern Towhee
26. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
27. American Goldfinch** (v)
28. Prairie Warbler (v)
29. Field Sparrow
30. Black-capped Chickadee*
31. Chipping Sparrow**
32. Common Raven (v)
33. American Robin
34. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
35. Eastern Phoebe*
36. Blue Jay (v)
37. Common Loon
38 Nashville Warbler (v)
39. Tree Swallow
40. Ruffed Grouse (booming)

Elsewhere

41. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
42. Purple Finch (v)

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

†First-of-year

Wind in the Trees

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

When Jack and I hit the trail, a lusty west wind was blowing the sweet smells of spring up and over the hill. Mid-May—the calendar days when the season explodes in ferns and flowers and greenery. And the birds do sing.

Another birdy one (including a crow haranguing a raven and first-of-year Red-eyed Vireo). The wind carrying birdsong all over the place. The birds themselves didn’t perch very high on the windy side, but still they sang. And on the leafy east side, the enchanting strains of a Hermit Thrush pervaded the understory.

Oh, and also: a loon flew over at one point, calling.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:57 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler**
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. American Robin
6. Blue Jay
7. American Crow*
8. Black-capped Chickadee*
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Northern Parula
11. Northern Cardinal** (v)
12. Gray Catbird
13. Black-and-white Warbler**
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Tufted Titmouse (v)
16. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
17. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Song Sparrow**
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. White-throated Sparrow (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow**
23. Tree Swallow
24. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
25. Common Loon
26. Common Raven
27. Nashville Warbler (v)
28. Hermit Thrush
29. Red-eyed Vireo†
30. Blue-headed Vireo

Elsewhere

30. Mallard
31. European Starling
32. Herring Gull

(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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