30 May 2023

Posts Tagged ‘Canada goose’

A Good Day

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 May 2023.
Red-eyed Vireo.

Blue sky, cool temps, and a nice breeze greeted dog and me as we started up the wooded trail. Plenty of birds were there to greet us, too.

It didn’t seem at first that I’d have much of a list, but the higher we got, the more birds I saw or heard. And then—as has happened in recent days—we hiked a ways down the Erickson Fields trail down toward Beech Hill Road and added a bunch more species.

Notable today was a first-of-year Canada Warbler. I didn’t get a look at it, but the Merlin app insisted that’s what made the quick little jumble of a warble I was hearing across the road—and after we got home I matched my GoPro recording with the Cornell Labs’. (Wish I’d got a peek.)

Similar weather expected tomorrow. Will I encounter another first of year?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:31 p.m. sun time (7:31 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. Ovenbird**
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. Northern Cardinal (v)
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler**
10. American Goldfinch (v)
11. Blue Jay
12. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
13. American Redstart (v)
14. White-breasted Nuthatch**
15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
16. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
17. Field Sparrow
18. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
19. Gray Catbird
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Chipping Sparrow (v)
22. Song Sparrow*
23. Eastern Phoebe*
24. American Robin
25. Canada Goose (v)
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
28. Brown-headed Cowbird
29. Scarlet Tanager (v)
30. American Crow*
31. Red-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Wild Turkey (v)
34. Mourning Dove* (v)
35. Tree Swallow
36. Purple Finch (v)
37. Canada Warbler† (v)
38. Hermit Thrush (v)


39. Mallard
40. Herring Gull
41. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
42. Rock Pigeon
43. European Starling
44. Cooper’s Hawk

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


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


Spring, Cont’d.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler (preening), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler (preening).

Another lovely spring day, but cooler, and with a lot of sunshine. Thought I’d have lot fewer species on my list this morning than I ended up with—a nice mix. First-of-year bird (which I didn’t confirm until I downloaded a blurry photo of it): Magnolia Warbler.

The few showers forecast for last night left no trace (if in fact they fell). The trails were drier than they’ve been for many weeks, seemed like. Territorial Ovenbirds were chasing each other though the woods. And had another random junco.

Now we wait for flycatchers, wood-pewee, and several other late nesters. Fun time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:20 a.m. sun time (7:20 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. Gray Catbird
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Eastern Towhee**
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
12. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
13. Veery
14. Nashville Warbler (v)
15. American Crow*
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)
20. White-throated Sparrow
21. American Redstart
22. American Robin*
23. Dark-eyed Junco
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
26. Broad-winged Hawk
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Northern Cardinal** (v)
29. Magnolia Warbler†
30. Black-throated Blue Warbler
31. Northern Parula (v)
32. Yellow Warbler (v)
33. Red-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
34. Eastern Phoebe (v)


35. Wild Turkey
36. Pine Warbler (v)


Red-bellied Snake

(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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