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Last Gasp

Monday, September 19th, 2022
Swainson’s Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2022.
Swainson’s Thrush.

Rained overnight, and this morning when the sun rose, the woods were damp and drippy. Awful quiet, but birds were lurking and skulking and flitting—mostly just out of sight. A few revealed themselves, though: flickers, robins, a lone Swainson’s Thrush; calling raven and jays and goldfinches; a flushed grouse.

Even quieter on our way back down the lower wooded trail, until just a few hundred yards from the trailhead, when chickadees piped up, and a glance into the damp foliage exposed a wave of little birds—warblers, creepers, a wood-pewee.

I’m a big fan of this time of year—a time you might call summer’s last gasp.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Common Raven (v)
2. Blue Jay**
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Northern Flicker
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Gray Catbird
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Swainson’s Thrush
9. American Robin*
10. Red-eyed Vireo
11. American Goldfinch**
12. Ruffed Grouse
13. American Crow*
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Song Sparrow
18. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. White-throated Sparrow
21. Downy Woodpecker (v)
22. Brown Creeper
23. Black-and-white Warbler
24. Chestnut-sided Warbler
25. Black-throated Green Warbler
26. Eastern Wood-pewee

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Hawk and Such

Sunday, August 28th, 2022
Broad-winged Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 August 2022.
Broad-winged Hawk.

Another lovely morning hike—a fair morning this day, with cool temps and fragrant air. A good selection of birds, including a couple warblers, a couple woodpeckers, a couple nuthatches, and a hawk.

I only got a glimpse of the hawk through a window in the summit spruces, and the first thing I noticed was its sideburns, and I thought I might have one of only a few peregrines I’ve ever seen on the hill. Only later, after I took a close look at the photos (and then checked in with a bird ID expert pal) did I realize it was not a falcon at all. Turned out to be a Broad-winged Hawk—the commonest hawk in Beech Hill Preserve.

Still I neat sighting though. (So that’s why it was so quiet up there for a change!)

(Earlier, at home, I heard the Carolina Wren again. Love that sound.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:21 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. American Goldfinch** (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Tufted Titmouse**
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Gray Catbird
14. Cedar Waxwing
15. Chestnut-sided Warbler
16. American Redstart
17. Common Yellowthroat (v)
18. Broad-winged Hawk
19. Song Sparrow
20. American Robin
21. Herring Gull*
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
24. Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Elsewhere

25. Carolina Wren (v)
26. Northern Cardinal (v)
27. Mourning Dove

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

†First-of-year

Bird Wave

Wednesday, August 24th, 2022
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 August 2022.
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

On our hike this foggy, misty morning, dog and I encountered a bird wave. Well, more like a ripple, perhaps—and Captain Jack didn’t really care to notice—but I found myself transfixed with the variety of little bird species flitting in the dewy greenery.

Coming up through the woods, few species. At the summit, one or two. Down toward the main gate of Beech Hill Preserve? A whole bunch of ’em.

Black-throated Green Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo—I’m sure I’m forgetting something. But what began as a quiet excursion became a riotous good time.

Fall migration is coming, folks.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Tufted Titmouse**
3. American Crow* (v)
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Brown Creeper (v)
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. American Goldfinch
9. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
10. Gray Catbird
11. Red-eyed Vireo**
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Song Sparrow
14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Black-throated Green Warbler
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler
18. Yellow Warbler (v)
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
20. White-throated Sparrow

Elsewhere

21. Wild Turkey

(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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