22 September 2023

Posts Tagged ‘broad-winged hawk’

Warblers on the Move

Wednesday, September 13th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler (non-breeding male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 September 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler (non-breeding male).

Another wet one. Rain early, fog and overcast. And another day—third day?—of migrating birds flitting through the wooded canopy.

Many were warblers: redstart, yellow, black-and-white, yellowthroat. Most were quiet and required an eagle eye to ID. Only one posed for a photo, a Chestnut-sided Warbler.

More rain and sun to come—and the remnants of a hurricane this weekend.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:14 a.m. EST (8:14 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. Herring Gull* (v)
3. Song Sparrow
4. Blue Jay** (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Yellow Warbler (v)
9. Common Yellowthroat
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler
13. American Redstart
14. Red-eyed Vireo
15. American Robin (v)
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. Northern Flicker (v)
18. Black-and-white Warbler
19. Broad-winged Hawk


20. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
21. Tufted Titmouse (v)
22. Rock Pigeon
23. House Sparrow (v)
24. Northern Cardinal


American Red Squirrel

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


Forest Hawk

Saturday, September 9th, 2023
Broad-winged Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 September 2023.
Broad-winged Hawk.

Again we encountered relatively few bird species this warm, muggy morning, dog and I. However, one of my early sightings was a Broad-winged Hawk in the woodlands. Broad-wings are forest hawks, and I see a few every year. Typically, I’ll spy one when it leaves a perch to fly a little distance away from an approaching dog and human. Most of the time I can find their new perch—which is what happened this morning.

Also noteworthy was a singing Blue-headed Vireo, a sign (to me, at least) that birds are beginning to think about fall migration. Can hardly wait.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:04 a.m. EST (8:04 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
5. Broad-winged Hawk
6. Downy Woodpecker (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Blue-headed Vireo
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Gray Catbird (v)
14. American Crow* (v)
15. Song Sparrow
16. Blue Jay (v)


17. Mourning Dove
18. Herring Gull
19. Rock Pigeon

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



Thursday, September 7th, 2023
Hairy Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 September 2023.
Hairy Woodpecker.

Yet another warm, humid morning—albeit not quite as warm or humid as the past couple of days. Many more species than yesterday, including a few raptors, among them a first harrier since last spring (sign of early migration).

Several species posed for photos, too, but my favorite happened to be a woodpecker who posed for the last photo I took this day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:15 a.m. EST (8:15 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Gray Catbird (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Hermit Thrush
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. American Goldfinch** (v)
15. Northern Harrier
16. Osprey*
17. Sharp-shinned Hawk
18. Song Sparrow
19. Broad-winged Hawk
20. Hairy Woodpecker


21. Herring Gull
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Mourning Dove
24. Mallard

(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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