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Posts Tagged ‘chipping sparrow’


Saturday, September 2nd, 2023
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 September 2023.
Savannah Sparrow.

Another cool, sunny September morning. Easier my old dog than the recent hot, muggy morns, and all in all a very nice hike. As for birds, quite a few—including three sparrow species: Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow, and Savannah Sparrow.

The latter is my favorite sparrow, thanks to its clean, natty plumage, subtle yellow eyebrow, and sweet, sibilant, insect-like song. Alas, I only heard a couple singing on the hill this past spring, and I’m afraid only one nest resulted in fledglings (whereas in years past, there’d be at least three successful nesting pairs). So it was a nice surprise to catch sight of this one.

As summer grows long in the tooth, and signs of impending migration persist, perhaps it was just passing through.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:20 a.m. EST (8:20 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
5. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. American Crow* (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Gray Catbird
11. American Goldfinch**
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Savannah Sparrow
14. Song Sparrow
15. Northern Flicker (v)
16. Eastern Bluebird
17. Herring Gull*
18. Alder Flycatcher (v)
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Tufted Titmouse (v)


22. Chipping Sparrow


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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



Thursday, August 24th, 2023
Broad-winged Hawk (imm.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 August 2023.
Broad-winged Hawk (imm.).

Coolish again to start this day, but the flood of sun warmed things up soon enough. Not so many species as yesterday, but interesting encounters. Including, for the third straight day, another hawk flyby.

Raptors seem to take to the sky when they get that instinctual urge to move. That’s why there are so many hawk watches out there during migration—head to a high place and start counting. Today’s was an immature Broad-winged Hawk (along with another individual whose age I couldn’t gauge). They nest in these parts but migrate down to South America in fall.

Supposed to rain all day tomorrow. I wonder if dog and I will encounter a hawk in the rain.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:33 a.m. EST (8:33 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Gray Catbird**
4. Eastern Wood-pewee
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
7. Black-and-white Warbler
8. Brown Creeper
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. White-breasted Nuthatch**
11. American Crow*
12. American Redstart
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Common Yellowthroat (v)
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Song Sparrow
17. Broad-winged Hawk
18. Barn Swallow


19. Mourning Dove
20. Herring Gull
21. Rock Pigeon

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


Feeding Season

Saturday, August 19th, 2023

Ah, what a lovely cool, clear, breezy morning. As we headed up through the woods, dog and I, we encountered more birds than in the past few days—and a few notable species not encountered in a good while. A Philadelphia Vireo, for instance, and the call of a Canada Warbler, and a juvie chippy poking about in the canopy.

The largest mouthful of caterpillars, however, belonged to a clucking Hermit Thrush which agreeably posed for a photo.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:09 a.m. EST (8:09 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. White-breasted Nuthatch
6. Eastern Wood-pewee
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Chipping Sparrow
10. Philadelphia Vireo†
11. Hermit Thrush
12. Ovenbird
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. American Crow*
15. Canada Warbler†
16. Gray Catbird** (v)
17. Common Yellowthroat** (v)
18. Song Sparrow
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Herring Gull*
21. American Redstart
22. Cedar Waxwing


23. Mourning Dove
24. Northern Cardinal (v)
25. Wild Turkey

(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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