31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘broad-winged hawk’

Back to the Island

Saturday, September 24th, 2022
Cape May Warbler, Monhegan Island, 24 September 2022.
Cape May Warbler.
Black Head (from White Head), Monhegan Island, 24 September 2022.
Black Head (from White Head).

Today I traveled with Captain Jack (who, ironically, hates boats) from Port Clyde, Maine, to Monhegan Island for a few days of birding. Since we’ll be busy wandering and visiting, I’ll just be posting a daily list and a photo or two until our return. It’s been I believe five years, and I missed this place. (Woo-hoo!)

Port Clyde to Monhegan List

1. Herring Gull
2. Broad-winged Hawk
3. Double-crested Cormorant
4. Belted Kingfisher
5. Common Loon
6. Northern Flicker
7. Blue Jay
8. Mallard
9. Red-eyed Vireo
10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
11. Golden-crowned Kinglet
12. White-throated Sparrow
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Yellow Warbler
15. Gray Catbird
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch
17. Ring-necked Pheasant
18. Great Cormorant
19. Merlin
20. Peregrine Falcon
21. Cape May Warbler
22. Yellow-rumped Warbler
23. Blackpoll Warbler
24. Black-throated Green Warbler
25. Dickcissel
26. Song Sparrow
27. American Goldfinch
28. American Robin
29. Mourning Dove
30. Sharp-shinned Hawk


Saturday, September 17th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird (juvie) in blueberry barren, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 September 2022.
Eastern Bluebird (juvie) in blueberry barren.

Another clear sky with a breeze from a favorable direction, but I didn’t expect early fall migration would grace me with so many species during my morning hike with dog. Thirty.

Notable additions to the usual suspects were a pair of hawks (sharpie and broad-winged), White-throated Sparrow (rarely seen since spring), Ruby-crowned Kinglet—and at the end of our hike we spooked an American Woodcock.

A week from today, dog and I will be Monhegan bound for an even more exciting glimpse of fall migration in action.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Hermit Thrush
3. Blue Jay**
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch**
6. Gray Catbird
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
9. American Redstart
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. Red-eyed Vireo
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. Northern Flicker
14. American Robin*
15. White-breasted Nuthatch
16. American Goldfinch
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. White-throated Sparrow
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Song Sparrow
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. Eastern Bluebird
24. Sharp-shinned Hawk
25. Chipping Sparrow
26. Broad-winged Hawk
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Brown Creeper (v)
30. American Woodcock


31. Carolina Wren (v)
32. Northern Cardinal (v)


Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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


Hawk and Such

Sunday, August 28th, 2022
Broad-winged Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 August 2022.
Broad-winged Hawk.

Another lovely morning hike—a fair morning this day, with cool temps and fragrant air. A good selection of birds, including a couple warblers, a couple woodpeckers, a couple nuthatches, and a hawk.

I only got a glimpse of the hawk through a window in the summit spruces, and the first thing I noticed was its sideburns, and I thought I might have one of only a few peregrines I’ve ever seen on the hill. Only later, after I took a close look at the photos (and then checked in with a bird ID expert pal) did I realize it was not a falcon at all. Turned out to be a Broad-winged Hawk—the commonest hawk in Beech Hill Preserve.

Still I neat sighting though. (So that’s why it was so quiet up there for a change!)

(Earlier, at home, I heard the Carolina Wren again. Love that sound.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:21 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. American Goldfinch** (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Tufted Titmouse**
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Gray Catbird
14. Cedar Waxwing
15. Chestnut-sided Warbler
16. American Redstart
17. Common Yellowthroat (v)
18. Broad-winged Hawk
19. Song Sparrow
20. American Robin
21. Herring Gull*
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
24. Ruby-throated Hummingbird


25. Carolina Wren (v)
26. Northern Cardinal (v)
27. Mourning Dove

(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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