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Many Birdies

Thursday, September 21st, 2023
Hermit Thrush (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2023.
Hermit Thrush (immature).

This morning was clear and cool and breezy and lovely—one of my favorite mornings in a long time, weather-wise. But also a favorite, bird-wise. Not only did many show up, but quite a few posed for photos.

My favorite of the bunch (photo, not bird) was the cooperative young thrush you see here.

(Note: I heard the notes of a White-throated Sparrow this morning, first since spring. Another of several recent signs of fall migration.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:23 a.m. EST (8:23 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. Broad-winged Hawk
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Red-eyed Vireo
8. White-throated Sparrow (v)
9. American Crow*
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. Gray Catbird (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. American Robin (v)
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. Northern Parula
16. Northern Flicker (v)
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven
19. Song Sparrow
20. Turkey Vulture
21. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

22. Carolina Wren (v)
23. Mallard
24. Rock Pigeon
25. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

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

Elsewhere

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

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

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)

Elsewhere

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

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

†First-of-year

 
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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