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This Sunny Morning

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, 22 June 2019.
Alder Flycatcher.

Flushed two woodcock this sunny morning. Flushed one of them twice. All three times I hunted carefully for youngsters but didn’t see any—although I didn’t want to pester the woodcock families too much.

Also saw my first Beech Hill Bobolink in at least three years. Also, somehow, ended up with thirty-three species on today’s list.

Later today there came a couple of thundershowers, which was fun.

More fun tomorrow.

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

1. Eastern Bluebird
2. Blue Jay**
3. American Goldfinch
4. Veery (v)
5. American Woodcock
6. Chipping Sparrow*
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. Alder Flycatcher
11. Ovenbird (v)
12. Tree Swallow
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Song Sparrow**
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. Savannah Sparrow
17. Nashville Warbler (v)
18. Gray Catbird** (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe*
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
23. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
24. Hermit Thrush (v)
25. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
26. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
27. Black-capped Chickadee**
28. Bobolink
29. Herring Gull*
30. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
31. Mourning Dove* (v)
32. Northern Cardinal** (v)
33. American Redstart (v)
34. American Robin*

Elsewhere

35. Mallard
36. European Starling

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

Change-of-pace

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Eastern Phoebe.

Eastern Phoebe.

Early fog burned off within an hour or so, and the black flies began to swarm. And the warblers began to swarm after them. Not as many species as yesterday, but still a bunch. No great photo ops, other than a few near misses, but the birds were generally cooperative.

And surprising: first-of-year Eastern Wood-pewee (a bunch of ’em) and Bobolink (heard its bouncy song in a large swath of grass near South Street). Perhaps the funnest sighting was a hummingbird flying by about about sixty feet above our heads, Jack and I.

We also saw a couple of deer.

The day actually turned out fairly sunny—a nice change-of-pace—and I mowed the lawn. Also heard Laughing Gulls out there.

Will be at Beech Hill again tomorrow. Will be foggy again, too, I hear.

P.S. If my hunches are correct, tomorrow will be the day I’ll hear my first Black-Billed Cuckoo.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Red-eyed Vireo
3. Common Yellowthroat**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Veery
6. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. American Robin
9. Hermit Thrush
10. Gray Catbird*
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Tufted Titmouse**
13. American Goldfinch
14. Mourning Dove*
15. American Redstart**
16. Northern Flicker
17. Eastern Wood-pewee† (v)
18. Yellow Warbler**
19. Blue Jay (v)
20. Eastern Towhee
21. Black-capped Chickadee
22. Nashville Warbler (v)
23. American Crow*
24. Song Sparrow**
25. Chipping Sparrow**
26. Field Sparrow (v)
27. Scarlet Tanager
28. House Finch (v)
29. Eastern Phoebe**
30. Northern Cardinal** (v)
31. Alder Flycatcher (v)
32. Red-winged Blackbird
33. Blackpoll Warbler (v)
34. Magnolia Warbler
35. Bobolink† (v)
36. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
37. Savannah Sparrow
38. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
39. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
40. Tree Swallow
41. Herring Gull*
42. Blackburnian Warbler (v)
43. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

44. Laughing Gull (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice onliy elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

 

 

Bobolink

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Bobolink, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 July 2013.

Bobolink.

Ah, sunshine. It had been a while.

Warmed up, too. Took a nice, sweaty bike ride, then headed up to Beech Hill with Jack.

American redstart, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 July 2013.

American redstart.

Lots of birds. Not only the usual resident species, but a couple interesting, somewhat less common ones. Like the broad-winged hawk calling down in the lower woods; like the usually quiet nuthatch; like the usually shy flicker; like the bobolink. Had not seen a bobolink up there in a couple-three years, I bet. Then, as I talked with a couple of tourists at Beech Nut, pointing out the Savannah sparrow perched on the rock porch wall, a pair of bobolinks landed about thirty or forty yards beyond the sparrow. The male perched in a small clump of greenery and began to sing.

Earlier, incidentally, while out cycling, I spotted another broad-winged hawk as it sailed slowly over Route 1. It looked like it was carrying something like a chipmunk or a turkey chick.

I guess it’s that eat or be eaten time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed vireo**
2. Black-throated green warbler (v)
3. Ovenbird**
4. Eastern phoebe**
5. Chestnut-sided warbler**
6. Gray catbird**
7. Veery (v)
8. Common yellowthroat**
9. Eastern wood-pewee (v)
10. Black-capped chickadee (v)
11. Tufted titmouse** (v)
12. American goldfinch** (v)
13. Scarlet tanager (v)
14. Hermit thrush (v)
15. Northern flicker
16. American robin**
17. Broad-winged hawk* (v)
18. Eastern towhee
19. Field sparrow (v)
20. Alder flycatcher
21. Savannah sparrow
22. American crow* (v)
23. Yellow warbler** (v)
24. Song sparrow**
25. Mourning dove*
26. American redstart**
27. White-breasted nuthatch (v)
28. Chipping sparrow (v)
29. Black-and-white warbler (v)
30. Cedar waxwing**
31. Herring gull*
32. Bobolink‡
33. Great crested flycatcher (v)

Elsewhere

34. Rock pigeon
35. Laughing gull (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
‡First-of-year bird

 

 
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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