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Vireo

Monday, September 18th, 2023
Blue Headed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 September 2023.
Blue Headed Vireo.

Overcast, breezy, and chilly this morning when dog and I started up the open trail. Birds were about—more than in recent days—and clearly many looked to be migrants.

Notable was the dearth of species in the wooded trails until we happened upon a little gathering of vocal chickadees. Sure enough, in the leafy canopy above them, flitted nice selection of species—vireos, titmice, nuthatches. Heard flicker and Pileated Woodpecker. A blue-headed vireo even posed for a photo.

Rain tonight, clearing tomorrow. Soon the fun begins.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:34 a.m. EST (8:34 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Pileated Woodpecker* (v)
2. Eastern Towhee (v)
3. Eastern Wood-pewee
4. American Goldfinch
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. American Robin (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Northern Flicker**
11. Gray Catbird (v)
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Tufted Titmouse
16. Chestnut-sided Warbler
17. Hermit Thrush
18. Blue-headed Vireo
19. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
20. Song Sparrow

Elsewhere

21. Carolina Wren (v)
22. Mourning Dove
23. Herring Gull
24. European Starling
25. Belted Kingfisher

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

†First-of-year

After the Storm

Sunday, September 17th, 2023
Osprey, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 September 2023.
Osprey.

What a difference a day makes, so they say. Yesterday galloped in like a wild river rider, fast and bucking and splashing water all over everything. Today dawned cloudless and merely breezy. As expected, fallen branches littered all preserve trails (along with a couple of toppled trees). I managed to neaten things pretty well, though—and was rewarded with a nice selection of bird species.

Notable were a hummingbird, a fish hawk, a vulture. And elsewhere—including a pleasant drive down a coastal peninsula—a kingfisher, geese, and an eagle.

Simply a lovely September day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:28 a.m. EST (8:28 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. Blue Jay** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
5. Gray Catbird
6. American Crow*
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Osprey
9. Eastern Towhee (v)
10. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
11. Turkey Vulture*
12. American Robin (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Northern Flicker** (v)
15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
16. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

17. Herring Gull
18. Belted Kingfisher
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Canada Goose
21. Bald Eagle

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

†First-of-year

Mini Fallout

Thursday, September 14th, 2023
Northern Parula with caterpillar, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 September 2023.
Northern Parula with caterpillar.

The forecast rain didn’t arrive, and the fog at the beginning of my hike with dog vanished within about twenty minutes, but still I didn’t list too many bird species this morning. However, toward the end of this daily excursion of ours, we encountered another little mini fallout.

Today’s warbler species included redstart, yellow-rump, parula, and chestnut-sided. Chickadees and a vireo were a part of this antic collection of little flitting birds.

I love this time of year.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:14 a.m. EST (8:14 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Blue Jay** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Goldfinch
5. Gray Catbird**
6. Common Raven (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. American Robin
9. Savannah Sparrow
10. Eastern Bluebird (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. Red-eyed Vireo
15. Eastern Towhee
16. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
17. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
18. Northern Flicker (v)
19. Cedar Waxwing (v)
20. Turkey Vulture
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler
22. Northern Parula
23. American Redstart

Elsewhere

24. Mourning Dove
25. Carolina Wren (v)
26. Tufted Titmouse (v)
27. House Sparrow (v)
28. Northern Cardinal
29. Osprey (v)
30. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

 
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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