30 November 2022

Posts Tagged ‘Carolina wren’


Friday, October 28th, 2022
Carolina Wren, Rockport, Maine, 28 October 2022.
Carolina Wren.

The day dawned chilly. Not yet freezing, but in the 30s (F). Still, a bright sun rising lent an air of expectation to the morning.

Nothing much at first, though. Captain Jack didn’t mind, but a little breeze chilled my fingers. During our ascent through the woods, I counted only five bird species.

Nearing the summit, though, things got a bit interesting: flicker, junco, nuthatch. Rounding out our usual circuit (down and back up the main trail), I added several more (jay, sparrow, gull, another nuthatch species), and returning through the woods, I managed to bump the list up to fifteen.

But the excitement this day was my managing to get my first look at a Carolina Wren that’s been singing in the trees around my house. It even stopped moving for long enough for me to grab a candid photo.

Thanks, CW!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:06 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Crow*
3. Downy Woodpecker
4. American Robin
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Northern Flicker
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. White-throated Sparrow (v)
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Blue Jay
11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Herring Gull*
13. White-breasted Nuthatch
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. Hairy Woodpecker


16. Northern Cardinal (v)
17. Rock Pigeon
18. Carolina Wren


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


A Birdy Morning

Friday, October 7th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 October 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

Overcast and chilly when dog and I headed up to the preserve. Ordinarily I’d take us to the main trail, where the open air would brighten things photographically—but I spied a scrap or two of blue, so decided on the wooded trailhead. It was the right decision. Not only did the sun emerge, but the morning got warm and humid in a hurry.

And a bunch of birds showed up.

Corvids, nuthatches, thrushes, finches, warblers, woodpeckers, sparrows. Many, many yellow-rumps (about 90, I figured) and a good-sized flock of robins. Surprised a woodcock (no photo, dangit). But the highlight was likely a solitary Blackpoll Warbler—first of year on the hill for me.

No photo of the blackpoll, but here’s a Hermit Thrush.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Brown Creeper
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Eastern Bluebird (v)
8. Blackpoll Warbler
9. Purple Finch
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. American Robin
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Hermit Thrush
15. American Woodcock
16. White-throated Sparrow
17. Gray Catbird
18. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
20. Savannah Sparrow
21. Osprey
22. Song Sparrow (v)
23. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Downy Woodpecker (v)
25. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)


26. Carolina Wren (v)
27. Herring Gull
28. Rock Pigeon


Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Gray Squirrel

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



Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Rained overnight, and the damp understory made me happy (and a little wet and muddy). Fewer ticks than yesterday (one on Jack), but a nice variety of species.

Aside from the usual—a random Swamp Sparrow. Near the summit, in the brushy barrens. First swamp, then Savannah, then song (then, soon after, towhee). Four sparrows, three corvids, two woodpeckers, two nuthatches, two tits (chickadee, titmouse), and a really nice sky.

Note: Full fall color will be later this year on account of global warming.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:10 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee*
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. American Robin (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker
10. Brown Creeper (v)
11. American Goldfinch (v)
12. Gray Catbird
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. White-throated Sparrow* (v)
16. Swamp Sparrow
17. Savannah Sparrow
18. Song Sparrow
19. Blue Jay (v)
20. Eastern Towhee (v)
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Common Raven (v)
23. Northern Cardinal** (v)


24. Carolina Wren
25. Herring Gull


Eastern Chipmunk

(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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