4 October 2023

Posts Tagged ‘cattle egret’

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

Egrets in the news

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Cattle Egrets, near Rockland District Middle School, Rockland, Maine, 14 April 2014.

Cattle Egrets.

I thought about another early hike today, but it was pretty foggy, so I figured there wouldn’t be as much to see, so Jack and I went to work early instead. Then, about midday, after the sun had emerged, I got word that there were a couple of Cattle Egrets over near the middle school in Rockland.

Dark-eyed Junco, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 April 2014.

Dark-eyed Junco.

Cattle Egrets don’t often show up in Maine—in fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one here—and the fact that a local news site was looking for photos was all I needed to go on a little twitch. When I pulled up, the two little guys were just yards from the road, and they didn’t seem too concerned with the barking dogs (in the yard of the nearest house) that greeted me as I stepped out of the pickup. Jack didn’t seem concerned with the dogs, either, but then he had to wait in the truck.

Photographing the birds was easy. For me. Come to find out somebody earlier in the day actually trespassed onto school property and prompted someone to call the police to report such suspicious behavior. (Don’t trespass, fellow bird nerds!) Afterward, we swung by Weskeag Marsh, where I saw my first cormorants of the year.

Mid-afternoon is when dog and I finally did make it up to Beech Hill. Hazy sun, warmth (60-ish (F)), and a high wind. Kind of a crazy combination. But I managed to spot a few Hermit Thrushes and a flicker coming up through the woods. Up above the open fields I saw another Kestrel and a vulture. Juncos down by the road. Then, returning through the woods, I heard—above the rush of the warm wind—a long jumble of notes and spotted two or three thrushes flutter by, along with a tiny brown bird that seemed to zip into the end of a hollow log. Or was that just an old dead leaf blowing by?

Winter Wren, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 April 2014.

Winter Wren.

No, it was a bird: a Winter Wren, bobbing up and down and back and forth, it’s tiny tail stuck straight up in the air. I’ve heard Winter Wrens up there before, but I believe this was the first one I’ve ever seen.

In the wee hours tonight is the “blood moon”—a total lunar eclipse. Alas, I think the skies will be too cloudy.

Beech Hill List

Beginning at 2:45 p.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Hermit Thrush
3. American Crow*
4. Northern Flicker
5. Song Sparrow** (v)
6. Northern Cardinal**
7. Eastern Phoebe**
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. American Robin*
10. American Goldfinch (v)
11. House Finch (v)
12. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
13. Turkey Vulture*
14. American Kestrel
15. Winter Wren†
16. Tufted Titmouse


17. House Sparrow (v)
18. Herring Gull
19. Osprey (v)
20. Mallard
21. Rock Pigeon
22. Cattle Egret†
23. Double-crested Cormorant†
24. Red-tailed Hawk
25. Mourning Dove

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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