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Monday, August 15th, 2022
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2022.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

This morning’s cool, sunny hike—the yellowish sun of late summer—came with a nice collection of bird species, but a more distracted lister. That’s because of the several conversations I had with fellow Beech Hill hikers.

Bobolink (female/juvie male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2022.
Bobolink (female/juvie male).

It’s often that way. Jack and I are a friendly pair, and, well, these days trail chats are pretty much our only social life. These chats were good ones— inspiring, involving strangers and old pals, full of interesting coincidences. But I really lose count on such mornings.

I’m pretty sure I nailed things down, though. Most memorable, to me, will be the fact that I got my first halfway decent photo of a Maine hummingbird in a long while. (Haven’t seen many since our return.) Plus, a first-in-years Bobolink.

Rain expected on Wednesday. Tomorrow will be another dry one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow* (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Red-breasted Nuthatch
7. Alder Flycatcher
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Purple Finch
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Bobolink
24. Chestnut-sided Warbler
25. Northern Cardinal (v)
26. Least Flycatcher (v)
27. Common Yellowthroat
28. Wilson’s Warbler


29. Carolina Wren (v)
30. American Robin (v)
31. Herring Gull


American Red Squirrel


Eastern Garter Snake

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


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*


35. Mallard
36. European Starling

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


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)


44. Laughing Gull (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice onliy 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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