22 September 2023

Posts Tagged ‘Cedar waxwing’


Tuesday, September 12th, 2023
Wilson’s Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 September 2023.
Wilson’s Warbler.

It rained for a while this morning, but the rain moved through in a relative hurry, leaving dog’s and my hiking hill cloaked in fog. A few birds made themselves known early—very few—but the excitement waited until we were following the muddy wooded trails.

As often happens, it started with the voices of chickadees, voices I pay attention to, considering they typically have travel with an entourage. And that was the case this morning. And among the species in the chickadees’ little posse flitted a single Wilson’s Warbler—the first Wilson’s I’ve seen since our return from Salt Lake City nearly a year and a half ago.

This was the second straight day with evidence of the start of fall migration.

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

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. Gray Catbird
3. Song Sparrow
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. American Goldfinch
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. Eastern Bluebird
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Hairy Woodpecker
11. Red-eyed Vireo
12. American Redstart
13. Wilson’s Warbler
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
17. Blue Jay


18. Carolina Wren
19. American Crow
20. Herring Gull
21. Rock Pigeon
22. Mallard

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


Late Hike

Monday, September 11th, 2023
Common Yellowthroat (immature male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 September 2023.
Common Yellowthroat (immature male).

This morning’s forecast rain arrived with a vengeance. Well, not a vengeance, exactly, but it postponed my hike with dog for a couple hours. Had no idea what to expect in the wake of the all that soaking rain—and yet there were birds.

Notable was the flyby of a croaking raven. Also a little flurry of species down in the woods again. Best photo was an immature male yellowthroat.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:55 a.m. EST (9:55 DST), I hiked all trails.

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


21. Herring Gull
22. Mourning Dove
23. Ring-billed Gull (v)
24. Osprey
25. House Sparrow (v)


American Red Squirrel (v)

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


Lifting Fog

Friday, September 8th, 2023
Song Sparrow (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 August 2023.
Song Sparrow (juvie).

I didn’t expect to awaken to a foggy morning today, but there it was. The fog made for a cooler ascent for dog and me, however, and when it lifted—before too awful long—things warmed up pretty quickly. But every day is its own miracle, and the bird life will always surprise.

Notable, today, might be the fact that I had four woodpeckers on my list—a fourth of my final species count. Migratory birds are still gearing up for takeoff, clearly. It’ll be happening soon enough.

Can hardly wait.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:22 a.m. EST (8:22 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Gray Catbird**
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
4. Song Sparrow
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Northern Flicker
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)


17. Herring Gull
18. Mourning Dove

(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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