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Surprises

Thursday, July 6th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 July 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

A warm, humid morning, this one. Dog and I headed up the trail at the usual time, unsure (at least I was) of what birds we’d encounter under such suddenly interesting conditions.

Quite a few, turns out—including a couple of surprises.

E.g., an Eastern Kingbird showed up out of nowhere and commenced to chasing other birds around. Another example: I happened to spy a juvie Brown-headed Cowbird. Possibly (judging by the nearness of a pair of them) raised by Yellow Warblers.

But this morning’s most photogenic bird? A Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:32 a.m. EST (7:32 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. Eastern Phoebe*
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
6. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Wood Thrush (v)
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Veery**
11. White-breasted Nuthatch
12. Scarlet Tanager
13. Blue Jay (v)
14. Eastern Wood-pewee
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Song Sparrow**
17. American Robin*
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Eastern Bluebird
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. American Crow*
22. Gray Catbird**
23. Eastern Kingbird
24. Yellow Warbler
25. Eastern Towhee
26. Alder Flycatcher (v)
27. Prairie Warbler (v)
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
30. Downy Woodpecker (v)
31. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
32. Northern Cardinal* (v)
33. Mourning Dove*
34. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
35. Herring Gull
36. Brown-headed Cowbird
37. Chipping Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

38. Chimney Swift

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

†First-of-year

Sun & Shadow

Saturday, June 10th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 June 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Third straight amazing skies in a row this morning with Captain Jack. Less sun, more shadow—rain in the offing—which might have to do with lighter bird numbers. But two new firsts-of-years showed up on the hill: a pair of Chimney Swifts and a pair of Barn Swallows. Also heard a cuckoo, which was fun.

Plus, I had chats with several fellow hikers—including a few out-of-staters, as the season has arrived.

We got a little wet on our return hike, but it was a light rain, which just added to the fun.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:55 a.m. sun time (8:55 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Scarlet Tanager (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
5. Wood Thrush (v)
6. Veery (v)
7. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Hairy woodpecker (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
13. Hermit Thrush (v)
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
16. Alder Flycatcher
17. Field Sparrow
18. Song Sparrow
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Eastern Bluebird
22. Chimney Swift†
23. Common Yellowthroat
24. American Redstart
25. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
26. Red-breasted Nuthatch
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
28. Blue Jay** (v)
29. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
30. Eastern Towhee
31. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
32. Common Raven (v)
33. Purple Finch
24. Barn Swallow†

Elsewhere

40. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

Muggy, Yet Fine

Sunday, August 21st, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 August 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

Cool early as dog and I hit the shady trailhead, but warm in a hurry as the sun rose on a humid day. Birds still flitting about, readying for their inevitable travels. Nice selection of species.

Notable: Chimney Swifts, and a Least Flycatcher enjoying the summit fly hatch (along with waxwings). A random Wood Thrush down in the woodlands. Distant gulls. A random Cooper’s Hawk (I believe the first I’ve seen since our return to Maine).

Especially happy to have had a Savannah Sparrow—my favorite sparrow, as certainly I’ve mentioned before—perch and pose for me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:33 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Northern Flicker (v)
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Herring Gull* (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Wood Thrush
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Northern Cardinal (v)
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch
13. Hermit Thrush
14. Downy Woodpecker
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Least Flycatcher
18. Chimney Swift
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Blue Jay** (v)
24. Cooper’s Hawk
25. Common Yellowthroat (v)

Elsewhere

26. Mourning Dove

(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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