4 October 2022

Posts Tagged ‘blue jay’

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


Birdy Day

Saturday, October 1st, 2022
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 October 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Chilly again—upper 40s (F)—when we hit the trail, dog and I. Sunny at first, but an a thin layer of clouds overtook the sky before we’d hit the summit. Another birdy day.

Most notable were a Northern Harrier scanning the barrens for a good while, an American Kestrel perched on the highest spruce on the summit, and a Ruffed Grouse we flushed on our ascent. Also heard a raven, spied an osprey, encountered many, many Yellow-rumped Warblers.

I dearly love this time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:43 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. American Crow** (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Common Raven (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
10. Brown Creeper
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Red-eyed Vireo
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. American Robin*
15. Hermit Thrush
16. Gray Catbird (v)
17. Eastern Towhee (v)
18. Hairy Woodpecker
19. Ruffed Grouse
20. White-throated Sparrow (v)
21. Northern Harrier
22. Song Sparrow (v)
23. American Kestrel
24. American Goldfinch (v)
25. Osprey
26. Common Yellowthroat
27. Savannah Sparrow
28. Eastern Bluebird


29. Carolina Wren (v)
30. Wild Turkey


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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



Friday, September 30th, 2022
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 September 2022.
Red-eyed Vireo.

I have a feeling I’ve begun a post this way more than once before, but what a difference a day makes. Maybe the chilly air—upper-40s (F) first thing—or a favorable overnight wind direction, but what a bright and birdy morning greeted dog and me as we headed up the wooded trail.

Two kinglet species, four woodpecker species, ever-present yellow-rumps, another Swainson’s Thrush, a random junco.

But the highlight of this hike was our chance encounter—on the upper wooded trail—with a trio of Red-eyed Vireos. They were plucking berries in the yellowish vegetation just feet from the trail, and in the morning light I was convinced they were Philadelphia Vireos, a species I hadn’t seen in years. But an expert bird ID friend saw my photo caption and set me straight.

Ever educational, this birding thing.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:54 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. White-breasted Nuthatch
5. White-throated Sparrow
6. Pileated Woodpecker
7. American Crow*
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Gray Catbird
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. American Robin
13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
14. Red-eyed Vireo
15. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Eastern Bluebird (v)
18. Hairy Woodpecker
19. Swainson’s Thrush
20. Purple Finch (v)
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Song Sparrow
23. Eastern Phoebe
24. Blue Jay (v)
25. Common Yellowthroat
26. Dark-eyed Junco
27. Tufted Titmouse
28. Brown Creeper (v)


29. Northern Cardinal (v)


Eastern Chipmunk

(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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