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Sweet Rain

Thursday, August 18th, 2022
Common Yellowthroat (fem), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 August 2022.
Common Yellowthroat (fem).

Sure enough rained yesterday, and overnight last night, and first thing this morning. Dog and I waited until a bit late, when rain turned to mist and fog, before heading up main trail for the second straight day.

A hike in a cloud—and the birds were lovin’ it. Nearly a dozen more species than yesterday, and a few little pods of warblers moving through the drippy trees of the wooded trail. Speaking of, as we hiked that trail, rain began to fall again. Ah, so great. We hiked for about ten minutes or so in a steady gentle rain (staying drier than we would’ve had we been hiking the open trail).

A jay and a cardinal at the end of it. And in the afternoon, more sweet rain.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:55 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch
2. Gray Catbird
3. American Crow
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Least Flycatcher
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. American Goldfinch
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Song Sparrow
13. Purple Finch
14. Savannah Sparrow
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Northern Flicker
18. Mourning Dove
19. Chestnut-sided Warbler
20. Yellow-rumped Warbler
21. Brown Creeper
22. Hermit Thrush
23. Eastern Wood-pewee
24. Northern Cardinal
25. Blue Jay


26. Carolina Wren

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


Red-eyed Vireo

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 August 2022.
Red-eyed Vireo.

Here’s a picture of a Red-eyed Vireo. It’s a common species in the spring and summer woodland trails I hike with dog each day. These vireos flit around fairly high in the canopy, where the hardwood leaves provide good cover, and it’s a challenge to get a decent photo.

Today, this one paused and posed.

Otherwise, an interesting hike: heard (then saw, in high flight) a Greater Yellowlegs; heard the first Pileated Woodpecker in a while; saw a bunch of later-summer dragonflies and butterflies. I lovely morning.

Looks like tomorrow morning we’ll be hiking in rain showers. Which is better than fine. (We need rain.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:32 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo**
6. Ovenbird
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Purple Finch
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Brown Creeper (v)
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Yellow Warbler (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)
20. American Robin (v)
21. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Tufted Titmouse
24. Greater Yellowlegs
25. Chestnut-sided Warbler

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


Social Life

Monday, August 15th, 2022
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2022.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

This morning’s cool, sunny hike—the yellowish sun of late summer—came with a nice collection of bird species, but a more distracted lister. That’s because of the several conversations I had with fellow Beech Hill hikers.

Bobolink (female/juvie male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2022.
Bobolink (female/juvie male).

It’s often that way. Jack and I are a friendly pair, and, well, these days trail chats are pretty much our only social life. These chats were good ones— inspiring, involving strangers and old pals, full of interesting coincidences. But I really lose count on such mornings.

I’m pretty sure I nailed things down, though. Most memorable, to me, will be the fact that I got my first halfway decent photo of a Maine hummingbird in a long while. (Haven’t seen many since our return.) Plus, a first-in-years Bobolink.

Rain expected on Wednesday. Tomorrow will be another dry one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow* (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Red-breasted Nuthatch
7. Alder Flycatcher
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Purple Finch
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Bobolink
24. Chestnut-sided Warbler
25. Northern Cardinal (v)
26. Least Flycatcher (v)
27. Common Yellowthroat
28. Wilson’s Warbler


29. Carolina Wren (v)
30. American Robin (v)
31. Herring Gull


American Red Squirrel


Eastern Garter Snake

(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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