2 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘common loon’

Return from the Island

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
Raven on a rock, Monhegan Boat Line, 28 September 2022.
Raven on a rock.

Monhegan–to–Port Clyde List

1. Herring Gull
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. American Crow
4. Northern Flicker
5. Blue Jay
6. Red-breasted Nuthatch
7. European Starling
8. Double-crested Cormorant
9. Great Black-backed Gull
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Carolina Wren
12. Gray Catbird
13. American Robin
14. Northern Cardinal
15. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
16. Black-capped Chickadee
17. Golden-crowned Kinglet
18. Sharp-shinned Hawk
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Brown Thrasher
22. Song Sparrow
23. Red-headed Woodpecker
24. Common Yellowthroat
25. Mallard
26. Purple Finch
27. Peregrine Falcon
28. Merlin
29. Belted Kingfisher
30. Northern Harrier
31. Common Grackle
32. Mourning Dove
33. Ring-necked Pheasant
34. Ring-billed Gull
35. Common Loon

Back to the Island

Saturday, September 24th, 2022
Cape May Warbler, Monhegan Island, 24 September 2022.
Cape May Warbler.
Black Head (from White Head), Monhegan Island, 24 September 2022.
Black Head (from White Head).

Today I traveled with Captain Jack (who, ironically, hates boats) from Port Clyde, Maine, to Monhegan Island for a few days of birding. Since we’ll be busy wandering and visiting, I’ll just be posting a daily list and a photo or two until our return. It’s been I believe five years, and I missed this place. (Woo-hoo!)

Port Clyde to Monhegan List

1. Herring Gull
2. Broad-winged Hawk
3. Double-crested Cormorant
4. Belted Kingfisher
5. Common Loon
6. Northern Flicker
7. Blue Jay
8. Mallard
9. Red-eyed Vireo
10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
11. Golden-crowned Kinglet
12. White-throated Sparrow
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Yellow Warbler
15. Gray Catbird
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch
17. Ring-necked Pheasant
18. Great Cormorant
19. Merlin
20. Peregrine Falcon
21. Cape May Warbler
22. Yellow-rumped Warbler
23. Blackpoll Warbler
24. Black-throated Green Warbler
25. Dickcissel
26. Song Sparrow
27. American Goldfinch
28. American Robin
29. Mourning Dove
30. Sharp-shinned Hawk

The Race is on

Saturday, August 20th, 2022
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 August 2022.
Alder Flycatcher.
Thrill of the Hill
Thrill of the Hill

Sunny and cool this morning, but warming pretty fast. Birds were active, but acting a little peculiarly—a little quieter, a little nervous, flitting about—which I attribute to early migratory urges. Then, as we approached the summit, I heard human voices up there. Turned out this was “Thrill of the Hill” race day.

A bunch of folks of all ages showed up for this annual fun(d)raiser—which was a real gas to observe.

Also fun to grab a decent photo of an Alder Flycatcher—usually shy to pose.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:10 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Ovenbird
3. Northern Cardinal** (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Gray Catbird
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. American Robin
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Common Loon (V)
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Black-and-white Warbler
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Alder Flycatcher
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Yellow-rumped Warbler
22. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Barn Swallow
24. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Hermit Thrush


27. Carolina Wren (v)
28. Mourning Dove
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Herring Gull

(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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