30 September 2022

Posts Tagged ‘chipping sparrow’

Thirty

Saturday, September 17th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird (juvie) in blueberry barren, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 September 2022.
Eastern Bluebird (juvie) in blueberry barren.

Another clear sky with a breeze from a favorable direction, but I didn’t expect early fall migration would grace me with so many species during my morning hike with dog. Thirty.

Notable additions to the usual suspects were a pair of hawks (sharpie and broad-winged), White-throated Sparrow (rarely seen since spring), Ruby-crowned Kinglet—and at the end of our hike we spooked an American Woodcock.

A week from today, dog and I will be Monhegan bound for an even more exciting glimpse of fall migration in action.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Hermit Thrush
3. Blue Jay**
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch**
6. Gray Catbird
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
9. American Redstart
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. Red-eyed Vireo
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. Northern Flicker
14. American Robin*
15. White-breasted Nuthatch
16. American Goldfinch
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. White-throated Sparrow
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Song Sparrow
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. Eastern Bluebird
24. Sharp-shinned Hawk
25. Chipping Sparrow
26. Broad-winged Hawk
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Brown Creeper (v)
30. American Woodcock

Elsewhere

31. Carolina Wren (v)
32. Northern Cardinal (v)

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Stirrings

Thursday, September 8th, 2022
Black-throated Green Warbler (fem.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 September 2022.
Black-throated Green Warbler (fem.).

In the 50s (F) when dog and I headed up the trail this morning. Quiet in the shadows, but activity up in the sunlit edges. A good, cool, sun-soaked hike, with flitting warblers, juvie bluebirds, and a glimpse of a (first-of-year) Swainson’s Thrush.

Truly, you can feel it. The coming pull of fall. The diminishing daylight, the dewy, bittersweet aroma in the air, the prime directive of migration among wild birds.

Stirrings.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:44 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. American Crow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Gray Catbird
6. American Goldfinch**
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. Cedar Waxwing
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Song Sparrow**
11. Swainson’s Thrush†
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. American Redstart
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Black-throated Green Warbler
17. Eastern Bluebird
18. Purple Finch
19. Chipping Sparrow
20. Northern Cardinal** (v)
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Hermit Thrush

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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

†First-of-year

Mini-Fallout No. 2

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022
Black-throated Green Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 September 2022.
Black-throated Green Warbler.

A morning similar to yesterday’s, but with no threat of rain. About 60° (F), breezy, dim, misty, with a cool breeze. We began our hike later than usual, dog and I, and I heard/saw few birds to start (although three Great Blue Herons in overflight was noteworthy). But after we’d covered about three-quarters of our route, things began picking up.

A vireo with two youngsters. A pair of gulls flying over. A kestrel in the summit, getting checked out by a hummingbird. Then—again, in a repeat of yesterday—as we approached the parking lot, we encountered a couple dozen birds, at least, flitting about the trees and trail.

Bunch of chippies. Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker. Eastern Phoebe. And a very active Black-throated Green Warbler.

I’ll take a hike like the past two any day, thank you.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:52 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. Gray Catbird**
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Crow*
5. Song Sparrow**
6. American Robin (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Great Blue Heron
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Mourning Dove
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker**
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch
13. Red-eyed Vireo
14. Herring Gull*
15. Cedar Waxwing (v)
16. American Kestrel
17. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
18. Chipping Sparrow
19. Downy Woodpecker
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Black-throated Green Warbler

Elsewhere

22. Mallard
23. Wild Turkey
24. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

(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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