24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘brown-headed cowbird’


Friday, July 14th, 2023
Brown-headed Cowbird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 July 2023.
Brown-headed Cowbird (juvie).

Warm to start under mostly cloudy skies—about room temperature out. Light winds, drier than in recent days. Thunderstorms forecast for this evening, though, so coming days will be wetter.

Invasive Brown-tailed Moths litter the trails these days—I suppose they live short lives in the moth stage, just long enough to lay eggs. The caterpillars really got me this year.

Birds were active, despite (perhaps because of?) the overcast. Most notable were a raven, a gull, and a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird. (I’d rather have a brown-headed critter than a brown-tailed one any ol’ day.)

Might get wet tomorrow, dog and I. We shall see!

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:06 a.m. EST (8:06 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Ovenbird**
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Eastern Phoebe
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Brown Creeper (v)
9. Veery (v)
10. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. Blue Jay (v)
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. Scarlet Tanager (v)
16. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
18. Gray Catbird**
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. American Robin*
21. Song Sparrow
22. American Crow* (v)
23. Yellow Warbler
24. Eastern Towhee (v)
25. Eastern Bluebird
26. Cedar Waxwing
27. Field Sparrow (v)
28. Purple Finch (v)
29. Mourning Dove (v)
30. Chestnut-sided Warbler
31. Downy Woodpecker (v)
32. Savannah Sparrow (v)


33. Mallard
34. Herring Gull

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



Thursday, July 6th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 July 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

A warm, humid morning, this one. Dog and I headed up the trail at the usual time, unsure (at least I was) of what birds we’d encounter under such suddenly interesting conditions.

Quite a few, turns out—including a couple of surprises.

E.g., an Eastern Kingbird showed up out of nowhere and commenced to chasing other birds around. Another example: I happened to spy a juvie Brown-headed Cowbird. Possibly (judging by the nearness of a pair of them) raised by Yellow Warblers.

But this morning’s most photogenic bird? A Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:32 a.m. EST (7:32 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. Eastern Phoebe*
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
6. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Wood Thrush (v)
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Veery**
11. White-breasted Nuthatch
12. Scarlet Tanager
13. Blue Jay (v)
14. Eastern Wood-pewee
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Song Sparrow**
17. American Robin*
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Eastern Bluebird
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. American Crow*
22. Gray Catbird**
23. Eastern Kingbird
24. Yellow Warbler
25. Eastern Towhee
26. Alder Flycatcher (v)
27. Prairie Warbler (v)
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
30. Downy Woodpecker (v)
31. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
32. Northern Cardinal* (v)
33. Mourning Dove*
34. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
35. Herring Gull
36. Brown-headed Cowbird
37. Chipping Sparrow (v)


38. Chimney Swift

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


Lovely Overcast

Monday, June 5th, 2023
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 June 2023.
Eastern Bluebird.

Went to bed last night thinking dog and I would have to hike in sprinkles for the second straight day, but no. A simple, misty overcast greeted us when we arrived at the trailhead—a couple hours earlier than yesterday. And nearly twice as many bird species showed up.

Notable was a singing Veery (seen), two singing Scarlet Tanagers (unseen), a random flicker (unseen), and confirmation that the juvie Hairy Woodpeckers have left their nest hole.

Truly a lovely overcast, this one. Tomorrow’s supposed be showery.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. sun time (8:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch
2. Eastern Phoebe*
3. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
4. American Redstart** (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Song Sparrow*
8. Ovenbird** (v)
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Common Yellowthroat (v)
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
14. Blue Jay (v)
15. Yellow Warbler (v)
16. Herring Gull*
17. American Crow*
18. Eastern Bluebird
19. Gray Catbird**
20. Hermit Thrush (v)
21. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
22. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
23. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
24. Scarlet Tanager (v)
25. Veery
26. Common Raven (v)
27. Field Sparrow
28. Chipping Sparrow
29. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
30. Northern Flicker (v)
31. Brown-headed Cowbird
32. Mourning Dove** (v)


33. Mallard
34. American Robin (v)

(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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