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Posts Tagged ‘blue jay’

Juvie Bluebirds

Friday, July 26th, 2019
Juvie bluebirds, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine.
Juvie bluebirds.

A cool, cloudless morning. Dog and I arrived at the hill in time to hear the sounds of early bird species awakening—and, later, the music of later sleepers. A couple of oddballs (including a Song Sparrow that began its tune with two clear, ringing notes of differing pitches.

My favorite of the day, though, were the juvie bluebirds.

Beech Hill List
Beinning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. American Crow*
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Song Sparrow
8. American Goldfinch
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. Gray Catbird*
12. Eastern Phoebe*
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Ovenbird (v)
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. Mourning Dove* (v)
17. Purple Finch (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse**
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Eastern Bluebird
21. Blue Jay (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow*
23. Common Raven (v)
24. Yellow Warbler (v)
25. Northern Cardinal (v)


26. Herring Gull*
27. Rock Pigeon
28. Osprey
29. Broad-winged Hawk

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Chippies Everywhere

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 July 2019.
Chipping Sparrow.

Each year is different. This one’s had way more mosquitos than usual—and also Chipping Sparrows. Don’t know how come the species has been reproducing like crazy, but these days it seems like every conifer you wander past has got some serious chatter of adult and fledglings.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-throated Green Warbler
4. Song Sparrow**
5. American Robin
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Common Yellowthroat**
9. Alder Flycatcher
10. Yellow Warbler (v)
11. Chimney Swift
12. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
13. Eastern Bluebird (v)
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Hermit Thrush (v)
16. Veery (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow*
18. Cedar Waxwing
19. American Goldfinch** (v)
20. American Crow*
21. Eastern Phoebe*
22. Gray Catbird*
23. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
24. Blue Jay (v)
25. Black-capped Chickadee (v)


26. Herring Gull
27. Mourning Dove
28. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Friday, July 19th, 2019
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, 19 July 2019.
American Goldfinch.

I see finches nearly every day on the hill during high season. Goldfinches and Purple Finches, usually. Today I saw (or heard) both species. They sing familiar songs and have familiar personalities.

Today dog and I happened to be at the early summit when two male goldfinches decided to have a sort of duel. Or standoff. Or joust. Flitting and chattering and chasing each other around. On a cool, breezy, pre-heat wave morning, that’s about all a body can ask for.

I do have a soft spot for finches.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.Savann

1. Veery** (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
6. Gray Catbird**
7. Chipping Sparrow*
8. Ovenbird (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. American Goldfinch**
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Tree Swallow
13. American Robin
14. Savannah Sparrow
15. Mourning Dove
16. American Crow
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Northern Cardinal** (v)
19. Eastern Phoebe*
20. Northern Flicker (v)
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Tufted Titmouse (v)
23. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Downy Woodpecker (v)
25. Field Sparrow
26. Blue Jay (v)
27. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
28.Yellow Warbler (v)
29. Hairy Woodpecker
30. Black-capped Chickadee (v)


32. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
33. Herring Gull

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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