24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘brown thrasher’

Before the Rain

Sunday, June 18th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 June 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler.

This day was supposed to be a rainy one, and it did shower a little first thing, as dog and started up the main trail. But then the rain stopped and a thick fog rolled in. Still, somehow, I ended up with more than thirty bird species on my list.

Notable was a cuckoo where I’ve seen or heard one twice before, three thrushes, and a cute female Black-and-white Warbler that posed just long enough for me to focus and grab a fairly sharp photo of her.

Most of the rest of the day and evening was very rainy—and tomorrow will be, too (so they say).

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:48 a.m. EST (7:48 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Veery
3. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
4. Black-throated Green Warbler
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. Alder Flycatcher
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. Brown Thrasher
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
11. Song Sparrow
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler
13. Yellow Warbler
14. Gray Catbird
15. Eastern Towhee
16. American Goldfinch
17. Black-billed Cuckoo
18. American Redstart
19. Black-capped Chickadee
20. Hermit Thrush
21. Eastern Wood-pewee
22. Scarlet Tanager
23. Tufted Titmouse
24. Wood Thrush
25. Black-and-white Warbler
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Cedar Waxwing
28. Purple Finch
29. American Crow
30. Savannah Sparrow
31. Mourning Dove


32. Mallard
33. Wild Turkey
34. Herring Gull

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


In Fog, Part 2

Thursday, June 15th, 2023
Cedar Waxwing, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 June 2023.
Cedar Waxwing.

A morning much like yesterday’s after some overnight rain. A wetter landscape, with thicker fog and fewer bird species—but not that much thicker, and not all that fewer. In fact, we enjoyed it a lot, dog and me.

Had casual chats with several humans (and shared sniffs with a few dogs). Spied a quiet mama turkey (with likely tiny chicks around). Saw the thrasher again, and heard blackbirds. But the only decent photo I got was a portrait of a Cedar Waxwing (showing the reason it got its name). I rather liked the photo.

Supposed to be partly cloudy tomorrow morning, with possible thunderstorms about midday. Expect dramatic clouds.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:10 a.m. sun time (8:10 DST), I hiked all trails.

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


34. Mallard
35. Herring Gull

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


In Fog

Wednesday, June 14th, 2023
Common Yellowthroat (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 June 2023.
Common Yellowthroat (male).

Dog and I hiked the hill in fog this morning. I love the fog. I wouldn’t love it if it covered the landscape every day of the year, but a day or two now and then feels rather comforting, protective.

In the fog today, I listed many birds—most from their voices. Notable was a Brown Thrasher in the same spot across the road where I last saw it weeks ago; I suppose it went quiet after finding a mate or something. Also heard a raven, had only one crow, and found another yellowthroat to pose for me.

Will be showery tomorrow. I don’t know what to expect, bird-wise—but I never really do.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:29 a.m. sun time (8:29 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Common Yellowthroat
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Ovenbird**
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
5. Northern Cardinal
6. Veery (v)
7. American Redstart** (v)
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Song Sparrow**
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Gray Catbird**
12. Alder Flycatcher (v)
13. American Goldfinch
14. Herring Gull*
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. Yellow Warbler (v)
17. Purple Finch (v)
18. Mourning Dove**
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)
20. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Black-and-white Warbler
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
25. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
26. American Crow* (v)
27. Eastern Phoebe
28. Common Raven (v)
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
31. Least Flycatcher (v)
32. American Robin*
33. Downy Woodpecker
34. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
35. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
36. Brown Thrasher
37. Wild Turkey


White-tailed deer

(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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