30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘blue jay’


Wednesday, June 29th, 2022
Black-billed Cuckoo (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 June 2022.
Black-billed Cuckoo (juvie).

A coolish, calmish, dryish morning with plenty of buzzing mosquitos—and a good plenty of bird species, too. An amazing array, in fact: four thrushes, three woodpeckers; a passel of warblers; lots of sparrows.

Most notable—a quiet juvenile Black-billed Cuckoo that showed up in a shady place about 20 feet in front of us, dog and me. We even managed to stay still enough to grab portrait.

I’ll take a day like today any day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:18 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Veery
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Red-eyed Vireo**
5. American Crow*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Wood Thrush (v)
11. Northern Cardinal** (v)
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
16. Brown Creeper (v)
17. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Black-billed Cuckoo
20. Gray Catbird*
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Mourning Dove*
24. Northern Flicker
25. Cedar Waxwing
26. Chipping Sparrow (v)
27. American Robin*
28. Purple Finch
29. Eastern Towhee
30. Prairie Warbler (v)
31. Savannah Sparrow
32. Field Sparrow (v)
33. Alder Flycatcher
34. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. American Redstart (v)
36. Blue Jay (v)
37. Downy Woodpecker
38. Osprey (v)


39. House Sparrow
40. Herring Gull


Eastern Chipmunk

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



Friday, June 24th, 2022
Veery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 June 2022.

A sunny warm morning—although cooler in the shady woodlands (which was nice, in that lately I’ve been wearing a sweatshirt against the mosquitos). Quiet-ish, no doubt because of fledglings. And a few fledglings I heard or saw.

In particular, we encountered a couple of phoebe fledglings, who staid quiet and still as dog and I passed them along the trail. (One parent a distance away was a little less quiet.)

Chatted with some folks at the summit, heard a loon in flight somewhere, listed thirty-four species, didn’t fall down and hurt myself—and got a decent photo of a Veery.

Pretty good Friday morning.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird (v)
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. American Crow*
5. Veery
6. Blue Jay
7. American Redstart** (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler
9. American Goldfinch
10. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Northern Cardinal** (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Gray Catbird
15. Hermit Thrush (v)
16. Song Sparrow*
17. Northern Flicker
18. Black-and-white Warbler
19. Eastern Phoebe
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. American Robin (v)
24. Hairy Woodpecker
25. Cedar Waxwing
26. Eastern Bluebird (v)
27. Alder Flycatcher (v)
28. Red-breasted Nuthatch
29. House Wren
30. Common Loon (v)
31. Turkey Vulture
32. Savannah Sparrow (v)
33. Mourning Dove
34. Brown Creeper (v)

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



Thursday, June 23rd, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 23 June 2205
Savannah Sparrow.

My favorite sparrow is the Savannah Sparrow. I love its tidy outfit, with yellow lores, and its lovely, high, insect-sounding song. Have heard too few on the trail this year (have seen even fewer), but today’s fruitful list-making morning was an exception. He even posed for photos.

Otherwise, this morning, we interacted with other humans and dogs, Jack and I, and I managed to count nearly three-dozen bird species—including a my first ever fledgling Brown Creepers.

I’ll take a morning like this any day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:41 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. Ovenbird
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. American Goldfinch**
7. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
9. American Redstart**
10. American Crow* (v)
11. Veery
12. Pileated Woodpecker
13. Eastern Phoebe
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Blue Jay
16. Black-and-white Warbler**
17. Gray Catbird**
18. Song Sparrow*
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Black-capped Chickadee
22. Mourning Dove
23. Turkey Vulture
24. American Robin
25. Herring Gull (v)
26. Purple Finch (v)
27. Broad-winged Hawk
28. Field Sparrow (v)
29. Savanah Sparrow
30. Common Raven
31. House Wren
32. Tufted Titmouse
33. Brown Creeper
34. Hermit Thrush
35. White-breasted Nuthatch


36 Barn Swallow

(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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