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Hello, Little Birdie

Friday, June 28th, 2019
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 June 2019.
Yellow Warbler.

I got my best photo of a Yellow Warbler this morning. I’ve been spotting the same bird, singing in the same birch tree, for weeks. Never could pin it down.

But this third foggy morning in a row, soon after I discovered that the cloud had burned away about half-way up the hill, I stood and waited and got just the glimpse I’ve been looking for.

Hey, little birdie.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Veery (v)
2. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Common Yellowthroat**
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
7. Northern Cardinal*
8. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
9. Nashville Warbler (v)
10. Ovenbird** (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Tree Swallow
13. Savannah Sparrow
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe*
16. Yellow Warbler
17. American Goldfinch (v)
18. Chipping Sparrow**
19. Gray Catbird**
20. Red-eyed Vireo**
21. Eastern Bluebird
22. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
23. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
24. American Crow*
25. Northern Flicker (v)
26. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
27. Brown-headed Cowbird


28. Herring Gull
29. Mourning Dove
30. House Sparrow
31. Rock Pigeon
32. Chimney Swift†

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Natural Goings On

Sunday, June 16th, 2019
Raven carrying an egg, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 June 2019.
Raven carrying an egg.
Goldfinch in the dandelions, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 June 2019.
Goldfinch in the dandelions.

What a lovely hike this morning. Overcast, partly sun, splash of sun, overcast. Multiple woodpeckers (including a sapsucker), pregnant doe browsing in daylight, raven carrying an egg. One of my favorite little collection of natural goings on.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Cardinal (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Ovenbird** (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. American Redstart (v)
7. Veery (v)
8. Common Yellowthroat**
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
12. Blue Jay (v)
13. Field Sparrow
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Pileated Woodpecker
16. Yellow Warbler (v)
17. Eastern Phoebe*
18. Tree Swallow
19. American Goldfinch
20. Alder Flycatcher
21. American Crow*
22. Cedar Waxwing
23. Common Raven
24. Chipping Sparrow*
25. Hermit Thrush
26. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
27. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
28. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
29. Yellow-bellied Sapucker
30. American Robin (v)
31. Least Flycatcher (v)
32. Hairy Woodpecker (v)


33. House Finch
34. Herring Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Saturday, June 8th, 2019

As June commences, the resident birds begin to hunker down. First arrivals are all about attracting mates and establishing territory. By now, though, birds have begun creating nests, sitting on eggs, even feeding nestlings. Thus, not so vocal or willing to show themselves.

Still, persistence pays off.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. American Redstart (v)
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Veery (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
9. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Gray Catbird
12. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
13. American Goldfinch
14. Nashville Warbler (v)
15. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
16. Hermit Thrush
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
19. American Crow*
20. Black-capped Chickadee
21. Tufted Titmouse (v)
22. Song Sparrow**
23. Eastern Phoebe*
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. Tree Swallow
26. Yellow Warbler
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Common Raven
29. Broad-winged Hawk
30. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
31. Northern Flicker (v)


32. Herring Gull
33. Rock Pigeon
34. House Sparrow
35. Great Blue Heron
36. Double-crested Cormorant

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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