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Posts Tagged ‘common loon’

Sudden Abundance

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
First-day phoebe fledgling, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 June 2019.
First-day phoebe fledgling.

Early to the hill again, and again an embarrassment of species. Noteworthy was a Yellow-throated Vireo I heard calling just down from the summit. Also noteworthy were various fledglings—including a couple first-day Eastern Phoebe babies at the hut.

A male eastern bluebird sopped by the hill this early morning.
Male eastern bluebird.

Bluebirds abounded. Plenty of other species also. We’ve already got probably twice as many migratory birds as arrived here just a few weeks ago. And many more still will fly south come fall.

Rain tonight. A little tomorrow. Flooding is a rare challenge—but better too much rain than not enough.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail—and then some.

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Eastern Phoebe*
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Chipping Sparrow**
12. Mourning Dove* (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat**
15. Tree Swallow
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Veery (v)
18. Purple Finch
19. Northern Cardinal (v)
20. Herring Gull* (v)
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
24. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Northern Flicker (v)
27. Gray Catbird
28. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
31 Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
32. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
33. Nashville Warbler
34. Common Loon
35. Yellow-throated Vireo†
36. Field Sparrow


36. House Finch
37. Red-winged Blackbird

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Bird Walk

Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Black-throated Blue Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 May 2019.
Black-throated Blue Warbler.
Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 May 2019.
Black-and-white Warbler.

Led a bird walk this morning. It was a pretty fun time. Lots and lots of warblers (and other species) right near the trailhead first thing. Fewer birds higher up—and a stout northwest wind at the summit.

But also a loon at the summit. Kestrel. Broad-winged hawk. A coffee and pastries and a fireplace fire and classical guitar music in the hut.

Dog and I would surely enjoy day like this every day of the year.

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

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler
3. Ovenbird**
4. Northern Parula
5. Great Crested Flycatcher
6. Common Yellowthroat**
7. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
8. White-breasted Nuthatch
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. American Redstart
11. Blue Jay** (v)
12. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
13. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
14. White-throated Sparrow
15. Northern Cardinal (v)
16. Wood Thrush (v)
17. Blue-headed Vireo
18. Eastern Towhee
19. American Goldfinch
20. Tufted Titmouse (v)
21. American Crow
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. Song Sparrow
24. Tree Swallow
25. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
26. Herring Gull*
27. American Kestrel
28. Common Loon
29. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
30. Hermit Thrush (v)
31. Veery
32. Black-throated Blue Warbler
33. Eastern Phoebe
34. Northern Flicker (v)

Seen/heard by others

35. Swainson’s Thrush
36. Blackburnian Warbler
37. Common Raven


38. House Finch (v)
39. Chipping Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

A Fruitful Morning

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 April 2019.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Clear and cool and breezy this morning—a fairly stout northwest breeze. Coming up the hill early, I didn’t expect to have many birds on my list. I was wrong.

Not only the usual suspects, but two first-of-year species (Palm Warbler and Hermit Thrush—first quay! note, then song), along with an extremely vocal raven. (I learned, in fact, that a raven can utter a series of distinctive clicks.)

And at home, a White-throated Sparrow singing a crazy, uplifting, non-standard white-throat song.

(Also a Barred Owl calling out my back window in the wee hours. Nearly forgot about that one!)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Northern Cardinal* (v)
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. Eastern Phoebe**
6. American Crow*
7. Common Loon (v)
8. American Kestrel
9. Northern Flicker
10. American Robin*
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Herring Gull*
13. Common Raven
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Palm Warbler†
16. Hermit Thrush†
17. Turkey Vulture
18. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)


19. Barred Owl (v)
20. House Finch (v)
21. White-throated Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year bird

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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