26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘broad-winged hawk’

Magical Place

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 May 2022.
Yellow Warbler.

Stayed up late last night, slept late-ish this morning. Captain Jack and I didn’t make it to the hill until about 8 o’clock sun time. Sunny and cool and breezy, didn’t think I’d list so many birds at the late hour—but turned out I matched yesterday’s total number of species.

No firsts-of-year, no lifers. Mostly the usual suspects (along with a calling Black-billed Cuckoo, a species I hope to catch sight of one day). Some posed, although my captures tended toward the plain.

Still, what a lovely morning, and what a magical place we get to hang out in every day, dog and me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:01 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler
3. Ovenbird**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Northern Cardinal** (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. American Crow*
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. Veery (v)
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Broad-winged Hawk
17. Eastern Towhee
18. American Redstart** (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Mourning Dove
22. Song Sparrow**
23. American Robin
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
25. Field Sparrow
26. Prairie Warbler (v)
27. Eastern Phoebe*
28. Downy Woodpecker (v)
29. Northern Parula (v)
30. Nashville Warbler (v)
31. Turkey Vulture*
32. Common Raven (v)
33. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
34. Northern Flicker (v)


35. Wild Turkey
36. Mallard
37. Herring Gull
38. European Starling

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


Wind in the Trees

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

When Jack and I hit the trail, a lusty west wind was blowing the sweet smells of spring up and over the hill. Mid-May—the calendar days when the season explodes in ferns and flowers and greenery. And the birds do sing.

Another birdy one (including a crow haranguing a raven and first-of-year Red-eyed Vireo). The wind carrying birdsong all over the place. The birds themselves didn’t perch very high on the windy side, but still they sang. And on the leafy east side, the enchanting strains of a Hermit Thrush pervaded the understory.

Oh, and also: a loon flew over at one point, calling.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:57 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler**
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. American Robin
6. Blue Jay
7. American Crow*
8. Black-capped Chickadee*
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Northern Parula
11. Northern Cardinal** (v)
12. Gray Catbird
13. Black-and-white Warbler**
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Tufted Titmouse (v)
16. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
17. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Song Sparrow**
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. White-throated Sparrow (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow**
23. Tree Swallow
24. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
25. Common Loon
26. Common Raven
27. Nashville Warbler (v)
28. Hermit Thrush
29. Red-eyed Vireo†
30. Blue-headed Vireo


30. Mallard
31. European Starling
32. Herring Gull

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



Thursday, May 12th, 2022
Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 May 2022.
Gray Catbird.

Had a good sleep and awoke to a semi-foggy yet rather warm morning. Checked online and found that the overnight wind direction was south. Decided 12 May might be an auspicious day.

And, by golly, it sorta was: most species in Maine so far, along with four first-of-year birds—and ten warblers total. (Three of the warblers were first of year.) Also got my first photo of a catbird, which was something of a thrill. We also surprised a White-tailed Deer down the lower wooded trail, and I got to watch how they fly in great bounds through the understory (unlike the Mule Deers’ funny hop through the scrub.

Back home, had another few nice looks—including a turkey in the west yard. Plus, as a find bonus, I rode more than eight miles on my bicycle (first ride since I lived here last—lovely).

All in all, a very nice day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-and-white Warbler**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler**
4. Pine Warbler**
5. Northern Parula**
6. American Goldfinch
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Blue Jay
12. Gray Catbird
13. American Crow*
14. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
15. Nashville Warbler† (v)
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Song Sparrow
18. Rose-breasted Grosbeak†
19. Common Yellowthroat†
20. American Robin
21. Chipping Sparrow**
22. Northern Cardinal*
23. Eastern Phoebe*
24. Osprey
25. Broad-winged Hawk*
26. Hermit Thrush (v)
27. Field Sparrow
28. White-throated Sparrow
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Palm Warbler
31. American Redstart†
32. Red-winged Blackbird
33. White-breasted Nuthatch
34. Herring Gull*
35. Blue-headed Vireo


36. Wild Turkey
37. Mourning Dove
38. European Starling
39. Rock Pigeon


White-tailed Deer

(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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