30 May 2023

Posts Tagged ‘Cedar waxwing’

Mixing It Up

Monday, May 29th, 2023

Captain Jack, age 15, has been limping a little (left front foot), so I made the hard decision to let him sit out this morning’s hike for the first time in years. A very hard decision.

Memorial Day was sunny and cool and breezy, and people were out and about, and so were birds. Most notable was probably the individual Cedar Waxwing I spied at the summit. Only the second waxwing sighting of the year—although more will show up in summer for the annual fly hatch up there.

Felt bad that dog didn’t get a hike, and a friend suggested a short trail near the house, which we three hiked in afternoon. Jack liked the new smells. We’ll do more of that going forward, for sure.

Supposed to start warming up again. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:08 p.m. sun time (7:08 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo*
2. Ovenbird**
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
6. Veery
7. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
8. Eastern Towhee**
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. Northern Flicker** (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. Northern Cardinal** (v)
13. American Robin
14. Tufted Titmouse
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)
16. American Crow*
17. Black-and-white Warbler
18. Field Sparrow
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. Yellow Warbler** (v)
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Song Sparrow**
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. Chipping Sparrow*
26. Double-crested Cormorant
27. Gray Catbird* (v)
28. Brown-headed Cowbird
29. American Redstart* (v)
30. Least Flycatcher (v)
31. Savannah Sparrow (v)
32. American Goldfinch** (v)


33. Mallard
34. Herring Gull
35. Laughing Gull (v)
36. Broad-tailed Hawk
37. Carolina Wren (v)
38. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)

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



Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

A warm morning, leading up to a warm day—mid-60s in afternoon. There was wind, but also sun, and I needed only a light jacket and wore my regular (not insulated) jeans. Good decisions all.

Did not know what to expect today, and ended up highly entertained by what we encountered. Most notable: a first-of-year Osprey, and a first-of-year Mourning Cloak butterfly. Also more Palm Warblers, and a little flock of waxwings that zipped by as we were hiking the open trail.

It’s suddenly dry on the trails—and no real relief in sight. But tomorrow will be a warm one, with Friday maybe even warmer.

P.S. Heard my first spring peepers last night.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:24 a.m. real time (7:24 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Robin**
2. Eastern Phoebe**
3. Song Sparrow*
4. Turkey Vulture
5. Tufted Titmouse**
6. American Goldfinch
7. American Crow*
8. Blue Jay
9. Black-capped Chickadee*
10. Northern Cardinal** (v)
11. Palm Warbler
12. Ruffed Grouse
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Osprey†
17. Herring Gull*
18. Eastern Bluebird
19. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
20. American Kestrel
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)


23. Mallard
24. Wood Duck†
25. House Finch (v)
26. Wild Turkey
27. White-breasted Nuthatch


Mourning Cloak†

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


Singing ’Rumps

Monday, April 10th, 2023
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 April 2023.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

What a morning. Chilly to start, with a little breeze, but absolutely cloudless (rare her on the coast of Maine), and really interesting birdwise.

First-of-year note: A flock of about thirty Cedar Waxwings flew right by us, but I accidentally turned off my camera and so missed ’em. However, I did get a photo of one of many Yellow-rumped Warblers that were moving through—several of them singing.

Within a few days, I expect to see a Palm Warbler—and other incoming species.

Fun time of year!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:26 a.m. real time (7:26 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch88 (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse**
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Brown Creeper
6. Downy Woodpecker**
7. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. Red-winged Blackbird
10. Purple Finch (v)
11. American Goldfinch
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. Northern Cardinal* (v)
14. Song Sparrow**
15. American Crow*
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17. Eastern Phoebe*
18. American Robin
19. Northern Flicker
20. Cedar Waxwing†
21. Blue Jay** (v)
22. Turkey Vulture
23. Herring Gull* (v)
24. Golden-crowned Kinglet
25. Pileated Woodpecker (v)


American Red Squirrel (v)

(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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