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Groovy Sunday

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Female Eastern Towhee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2015.

Female Eastern Towhee.

I dilly-dallied this morning, thinking I might even wait a little later to hike Beech Hill. That, on account of waking up about dawn and hearing rain out there. And having it be dark and overcast and foggy at first light. But Jack and I went anyway.

Banded Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2015.

Banded Black-and-white Warbler.

Ended up seeing or hearing more birds than any other day this year. And about the time we were headed back, the sky had begun to clear. And I even got a long bike ride in—then mowed the lawn

Hummingbirds everywhere on the hill today. A first-of-year Blackpoll Warbler (singing). First-of-year Alder Flycatcher (ditto). And first-of-year Laughing Gulls (not at Beech Hill). Heard a booming Ruffed Grouse. Missed some good photos because of a crappy auto-focus—but then thought about how eventually I’ve come not to care so much. Just a muttered curse, and I move on.

Saw copulating Chipping Sparrows.

Oh, yeah—I did a photo of a banded Black-and-white Warbler (a female, carrying nesting materials). She was the first banded bird I’ve ever come across up there. Didn’t even notice the band until I looked at the photo.

All and all a groovy Sunday.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
4. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
5. American Robin*
6. Common Yellowthroat**
7. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. Veery
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. American Redstart
14. Yellow Warbler**
15. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
16. Mourning Dove*
17. Mallard*
18. Common Raven
19. Gray Catbird**
20. Purple Finch (v)
21. Hermit Thrush (v)
22. Song Sparrow**
23. Herring Gull* (v)
24. Blue Jay
25. Eastern Phoebe**
26. Alder Flycatcher† (v)
27. Northern Cardinal (v)
28. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
29. Wild Turkey (v)
30. Ruffed Grouse (booming)
31. Wood Thrush (v)
32. Northern Flicker (v)
33. Downy Woodpecker (v)
34. White-breasted Nuthatch
35. Chipping Sparrow
36. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
37. Eastern Bluebird (v)
38. Blackpoll Warbler† (v)
39. Double-crested Cormorant
40. Savannah Sparrow
41. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
42. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

43. Laughing Gull†
44. Turkey Vulture
45. European Starling
46. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
47. Rock Pigeon
48. House Sparrow (v)

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

Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2015.

Gray Catbird.

 

It’s happening

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2014.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Busy Friday. Sunny but kind of chilly. Not as windy as yesterday. Yellow-rumps at the summit again. It’s happening. Early migration. The first few nervous birds are fluttering, moving, heading in a more or less southern direction.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2014.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

But tonight, I closed all the windows.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Cedar Waxwing**
2. American Goldfinch
3. Song Sparrow
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. Eastern Towhee (v)
6. Eastern Phoebe
7. Common Raven (v)
8. Gray Catbird (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Tufted Titmouse**
11. Blue Jay**
12. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

13. American Crow
14. Laughing Gull
15. Herring Gull
16. Rock Pigeon
17. Mourning Dove
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Broad-winged Hawk
20. Double-crested Cormorant

v = Voice only
**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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