14 April 2024

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Birds and Gardens

Monday, June 12th, 2023
Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 June 2023.
Eastern Phoebe.

Up the trail early with dog on the mostly overcast morning of a day that would later find me down in a different town under a warm and sunny sky. Still many bird species on the hill, including an invisible Great Crested Flycatcher.

A lovely hike it was, then in afternoon I asked Jack to guard the house and headed with my expert gardener friend down to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for the first time. It was a very cool trip to a very cool place, with very cool botanicals and very cool birds of another feather—a soaring eagle among them.

I’d live this lovely June day over again if I could.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:38 a.m. sun time (7:38 DST), I hiked all trails.

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


35. Common Grackle
36. House Sparrow
37. Osprey
38. Bald Eagle
39. Laughing Gull
40. Northern Parula (v)
41. Pine Warbler (v)


Eastern Chipmunk
American Red Squirrel

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


Sweet Spring

Saturday, April 8th, 2023
Gray ghost (male Northern Harrier), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 April 2023.
Gray ghost (male Northern Harrier).

A nearly cloudless sky this morning, with temperatures below freezing to start. The trails weren’t muddy headed up the hill, but a bit greasy headed down. In the interim, I managed to spy two dozen bird species—and get a single photo of a gray ghost. That right there sorta made my day.

But it was also nice to run into human and dog friends, and to see that the Beech Nut phoebe has returned. (Another eagle today also.)

Wonder what Easter Sunday will bring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:18 a.m. real time (7:18 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
2. Brown Creeper
3. American Goldfinch**
4. American Crow*
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Northern Cardinal** (v)
8. Eastern Bluebird
9. Blue Jay** (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. American Robin*
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Song Sparrow**
14. Eastern Phoebe**
15. Hairy Woodpecker
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17 Northern Harrier
18. Herring Gull*
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Bald Eagle
21. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
22. Common Raven
23. Common Grackle
24. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)


25. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)

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


Lovely Overcast Morn

Tuesday, March 28th, 2023
Chatty chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 March 2023.
Chatty chickadee.

An overcast morning with temps a bit above freezing and a smattering of drizzle and flurries. But despite the weather, many bird species made themselves heard before we’d proceeded a hundred yards or so up the trail. Over time, the numbers declined—and I broke me multi-day streak of 19 spp. (18 today)—but still a nice day of hiking and birding and being outside.

Notable might’ve been a grackle flyover and a Killdeer flyover (two), but otherwise no firsts-of-year today. Those will come soon enough, though.

Tomorrow will be sun.

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

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow*
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker**
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch
9. White-breasted Nuthatch**
10. American Robin**
11. Herring Gull* (v)
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
14. Song Sparrow**
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Northern Cardinal** (v)
17. Common Grackle (v)
18. Killdeer


19. Mourning Dove
20. House Sparrow (v)
21. Hairy Woodpecker


Eastern Chimpunk

(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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