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Posts Tagged ‘brown thrasher’

The Owl Persists

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Snowy Owl, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 April 2019.
Snowy Owl.

Foggy again early, but it burned off into an overcast pretty quickly. Hit the hill with Jack and right away started listing birds. A lot of birds. Had nearly a score before we reached the summit.

Palm Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 April 2019.
Palm Warbler.

One of those was quite apparent: a Snowy Owl, a male far down the eastern slope. Hard to miss the little white snowman against the snowless landscape. I feel sure this was the same bird I saw two days ago—and likely the bird the crows were mobbing in the fog yesterday, after all—but he looked a lot dryer and happier.

Had a lot of interesting birds, including a first singing Savannah Sparrow and a first-of-year Brown Thrasher (which I heard before spotting). Another towhee, but still no glimpse. Bluebirds and Tree Swallows and yellow-rumps and Palm Warblers.

All in all a wondrous hour’s walk this morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail (and then some).

1. Song Sparrow**
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. White-throated Sparrow (v)
4. Purple Finch (v)
5. Brown-headed Cowbird
6. American Robin (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Northern Cardinal** (v)
9. Eastern Phoebe**
10. Tufted Titmouse
11. Black-capped Chickadee**
12. Chipping Sparrow**
13. Field Sparrow
14. Blue Jay** (v)
15. Northern Flicker (v)
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17. Herring Gull* (v)
18. American Crow*
19. Common Raven (v)
20. Palm Warbler
21. Tree Swallow
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Snowy Owl
24. Eastern Towhee (v)
25. American Kestrel
26. Brown Thrasher†
27. Double-crested Cormorant
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
30. Pileated Woodpecker


31. House Finch (v)
32. Mourning Dove
33. House Sparrow (v)
34. European Starling
35. Common Grackle
36. Rock Pigeon

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

Long Weekend at Monhegan

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Song Sparrow, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial day Weekend 2017.

Song Sparrow.

Philadelphia Vireo, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial day Weekend 2017.

Philadelphia Vireo.

Cattle Egret, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Cattle Egret.

Baltimore Oriole, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Baltimore Oriole.

Peregrine Falcon, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Peregrine Falcon.

Black-throated Green Warbler, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Black-throated Green Warbler.


Monhegan List
From midday Friday, 26 May 2016, to midday Monday, 29 May 2016, I hiked all over the island.
(Alphabetical list includes species seen from the ferry both to and from Monhegan.)

1. Alder Flycatcher (v)
2. American Black Duck
3. American Crow
4. American Goldfinch
5. American Redstart
6. American Robin
7. Atlantic Puffin
8. Baltimore Oriole
9. Belted Kingfisher
10. Black Guillemot
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Black-throated Green Warbler
14. Blackburnian Warbler
15. Blackpoll Warbler
16. Blue Jay
17. Brown Thrasher (v)
18. Canada Goose
19. Cattle Egret
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
22. Common Eider
23. Common Grackle
24. common Loon
25. common Raven
26. Common Tern
27. Common Yellowthroat
28. Double-crested Cormorant
29. Eastern Kingbird
30. Eastern Wood-pewee
31. European Starling
32. Gray Catbird
33. Great Black-backed gull
34. Great Blue Heron
35. Green Heron
36. Hairy Woodpecker
37. Herring Gull
38. Laughing Gull
39. Magnolia Warbler
40. Mallard
41. Mourning Dove
42. Mourning Warbler
43. Northern Cardinal
44. Northern Gannet
45. Northern Mockingbird
46. Northern Parula
47. Orange-crowned Warbler
48. Peregrine Falcon
49. Philadelphia Vireo
50. Purple Finch
51. Red-breasted Nuthatch
52. Red-eyed Vireo
53. Red-winged Blackbird
54. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
55. Roseate Tern
56. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
57. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
58. Scarlet Tanager (v)
59. Song Sparrow
60. Sora
61. Tree Swallow
62. White-breasted Nuthatch
63. White-eyed Vireo
64. Yellow Warbler

v = Voice only

Beech Hill List
On 29 May 2017, beginning at 2:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
3. Eastern Towhee (v)
4. Song Sparrow (v)
5. American Crow
6. Tree Swallow
7. Turkey Vulture
8. Savannah Sparrow
9. Eastern Phoebe
10. Gray Catbird
11. Common Yellowthroat (v)
12. Northern Cardinal (v)

v = Voice only

Blue Birds

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Tree Swallow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2016.

Tree Swallow.

These blue-sky mornings, hiking with
my loyal dog, surrounded by
mosquitoes and black flies, I spy
a few noteworthy birds of blue.

Great Crested Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2016.

Great Crested Flycatcher.

Bluebirds, of course—though none today—
and tree swallows, whose backs display
a silky sheen in daylight. Too,
occasionally, sky-blue jays.

This morning, though, I heard a bird—
emit a loud sharp spitting sound—
and just before it flew away
ID’d an Indigo Bunting.

Alas, no decent pictures, tho.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Redstart**
2. Ovenbird
3. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Blue Jay* (v)
6. American Goldfinch*
7. American Crow*
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Veery
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
12. Common Raven
13. Great Crested Flycatcher†
14. Tufted Titmouse**
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Gray Catbird*
17. Northern Cardinal* (v)
18. Mourning Dove*
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Red-bellied Woodpecker
21. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
22. Nashville Warbler (v)
23. Black-and-white Warbler
24. Northern Parula (v)
25. Wild Turkey (v)
26. White-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
27. Scarlet Tanager (v)
28. American Robin*
29. Field Sparrow (v)
30. Song Sparrow**
31. Brown Thrasher
32. Tree Swallow
33. Purple Finch
34. Savannah Sparrow
35. Eastern Kingbird
36. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
37. Pileated Woodpecker* (v)
38. Indigo Bunting†
39. Black-billed Cuckoo†
40. Downy Woodpecker (v)
41. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
42. Osprey (v)
43. Red-eyed Vireo (v)


44. Herring Gull
45. European Starling
46. Northern Flicker
47. Common Grackle
48. Rock Pigeon
49. Chimney Swift (v)

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


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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