30 May 2023

Posts Tagged ‘brown thrasher’

Four Dozen

Saturday, May 20th, 2023
Glimpse of Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2023.
Glimpse of Common Yellowthroat.

It’s nearing the end of May, and the spring greenery has by now burst forth all over the place. This can make birding a little frustrating—more places for the little winged critters to hide—but even so, I somehow ended up with four dozen species on my list this morning. Including three firsts-of-year.

The FOY species: Least Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-pewee, Alder Flycatcher—all favorites (especially the pewee, thanks to its amazing song). At least partly responsible for the nice count: a light southerly wind for a change.

Taking photos can be a challenge what with all the leaves and such, but I rather dig a challenge and expect to get pics of these three at some point.

We’re gonna get an overnight rain which will pass about the time dog and I embark on our Sunday morning hike. Can use the water, though, as it’s been dry. (Then again the dryness might be the reason I haven’t found more deer ticks yet this year.) Bring it on, Nature. I’m looking forward to it.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:21 p.m. sun time (7:21 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
3. Ovenbird**
4. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v, drumming)
5. Common Yellowthroat**
6. Wood Thrush (v)
7. Veery (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
10. Northern Cardinal** (v)
11. Eastern Towhee**
12. Black-and-white Warbler*
13. American Goldfinch (v)
14. Least Flycatcher† (v)
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
17. American Redstart (v)
18. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
19. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
20. Eastern Wood-pewee† (v)
21. Hairy Woodpecker
22. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
23. Northern Flicker (v)
24. Field Sparrow (v)
25. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
26. Gray Catbird*
27. Prairie Warbler (v)
28. Yellow Warbler (v)
29. Chipping Sparrow
30. Song Sparrow**
31. Eastern Phoebe*
32. American Robin
33. Savannah Sparrow
34. Canada Goose (v)
35. Eastern Bluebird
36. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
37. Alder Flycatcher (v)
38. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
39. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
40. Scarlet Tanager (v)
41. American Crow*
42. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
43. Brown Thrasher
44. Common Raven
45. Mourning Dove* (v)
46. Tree Swallow
47. Purple Finch (v)
48. Pileated Woodpecker


49. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
50. Herring Gull


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


A Happy Slog

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023
Eastern Bluebird (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 May 2023.
Eastern Bluebird (female).

This morning was much like yesterday morning—wet, muddy, starting to go green—but the day itself, unlike yesterday, was overcast throughout. On my hike with dog, we enjoyed a bit more wind, temps in the 40s (F), and, frankly, more bird species than I expected (albeit far fewer than yesterday).

No firsts-of-year, but the Brown Thrasher of the other day showed up again. Otherwise, mostly the usual suspects. A happy hike, though—even the slog down the lower wooded trail (which was essentially a stream).

Another morning like this is forecast for tomorrow, but thereafter it looks like we might get a streak of warmer, brighter days.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:09 a.m. real time (8:09 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Savannah Sparrow (v)
2. Purple Finch (v)
3. American Robin**
4. Chipping Sparrow
5. Blue Jay
6. American Crow*
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Brown Thrasher
12. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
13. American Goldfinch
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Northern Cardinal
17. Herring Gull*
18. Eastern Bluebird
19. Eastern Phoebe (v)
20. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)


21. Mourning Dove

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


Rain, Wind, Fog

Monday, May 1st, 2023
Brown Thrasher (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 May 2023.
Brown Thrasher (first of year).

First came rain—a heavy, soaking, overnight rain. Then came high winds (which broke a series of utility poles on Route 1 nearby). Then came a very wet, heavy fog. However, during my brief morning hike with dog, I encountered some pretty fun birds.

Most notable was among the last birds I encountered: a first-of-year Brown Thrasher singing loudly down by the road. Also there were sparrows, blackbirds, phoebes, and more.

About midday the sky began to clear and by evening, the day was bright and warm and calm.

(I do love the variety of weather we get here in coastal Maine.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:17 a.m. real time (8:01 DST), I hiked the open trail.

1. Purple Finch** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Crow* (v)
4. Chipping Sparrow (v)
5. Song Sparrow
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Northern Cardinal** (v)
9. Savannah Sparrow (v)
10. Brown Thrasher†
11. Red-winged Blackbird
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. Eastern Phoebe*
14. Blue Jay


15. Herring Gull
16. White-throated Sparrow (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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