27 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘chipping sparrow’

Yellow and Blue

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 25 May, 2022.
Yellow Warbler.

Still a cool spring morning, but with a warm sun and dappled sky. I was worried about Captain Jack (who had overnight intestinal issues)—but on the trail, he seemed the same good strong old dog as ever.

And despite the distraction about his health, I managed to beat the last couple days’ lists by a single bird.

Most memorable moment was perhaps a Yellow Warbler’s decision to sing from a high perch on a spruce at the summit—which made for a far clearer photo than I took of this same bird yesterday.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:37 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. Northern Cardinal** (v)
6. Veery (v)
7. Wood Thrush (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. American Redstart** (v)
11. American Goldfinch (v)
12. American Crow*
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Eastern Phoebe*
21. Blue Jay (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
23. Tree Swallow
24. Field Sparrow
25. Prairie Warbler
26. American Robin*
27. Eastern Bluebird
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Common Raven (v)
31. Purple Finch
32. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
33. Brown Creeper
34. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

36. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)

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

†First-of-year

Tanager

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
Summer Tanager (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04856.
Summer Tanager (female), a lifer for me.

A mostly clear, coolish, breezy morning. Just a lovely day. Quite a few birds about despite the wind—including a surprise vagrant on our return, one that happened to be a lifer for me. A Summer Tanager (female).

I assumed at first it was a female Scarlet Tanager. Kind of embarrassed I didn’t notice the differences in the field. Unmistakable, though, in retrospect.

Otherwise just a very lovely day overall. Rode my bike this afternoon to do errands. (Never had thundershowers last night, BTW.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. Ovenbird**
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Song Sparrow**
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Veery (v)
11. Gray Catbird**
12. Wood Thrush (v)
13. Black-and-white Warbler
14. Northern Parula
15. Eastern Towhee
16. American Redstart
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Chipping Sparrow**
22. Field Sparrow
23. American Robin
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
25. Tree Swallow
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
28. Turkey Vulture*
29. Savannah Sparrow
30. Eastern Wood-pewee
31. Blue-headed Vireo
32. Brown Creeper
33. Summer Tanager†‡
34. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

35. Wild Turkey
36. Northern Cardinal (v)
37. Mallard
38. Mourning Dove (v)

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

†First-of-year
‡Lifer

Vireos, etc.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022
Blue-headed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 May 2022.
Blue-headed Vireo.

Another morning much like yesterday’s—although we hiked earlier, and the temperature was slightly higher, and the fog was quite a bit thicker. (Not as drippy, though.) And my list has the most bird species of any after my return to Maine.

The only first-of-year species was a Winter Wren I heard down along the wooded trail (where I used to hear a few).

But for some reason, this one involved focus on two vireo species: red-eyed and blue-headed. They both sang a lot, both posed for (dim, grainy-ish) photos. And I realized—even thinking back to a couple species in Utah—how much I dig vireos.

Might be a few thundershowers tonight, and then a sunnier day tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Ovenbird
5. Northern Parula**
6. Common Yellowthroat
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee
12. Veery
13. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
14. Northern Cardinal** (v)
15. American Crow* (v)
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. Black-and-white Warbler
18. Wood Thrush (v)
19. American Redstart* (v)
20. Eastern Bluebird
21. Blue-headed Vireo
22. Winter Wren† (v)
23. Alder Flycatcher (v)
24. Yellow Warbler
25. Eastern Towhee
26. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
27. American Goldfinch** (v)
28. Prairie Warbler (v)
29. Field Sparrow
30. Black-capped Chickadee*
31. Chipping Sparrow**
32. Common Raven (v)
33. American Robin
34. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
35. Eastern Phoebe*
36. Blue Jay (v)
37. Common Loon
38 Nashville Warbler (v)
39. Tree Swallow
40. Ruffed Grouse (booming)

Elsewhere

41. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
42. Purple Finch (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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