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Rain a’Comin’

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

The morning was warmer—50s (F)—but mostly overcast and quite breezy when dog and I headed up to Beech Hill. Some blue showed through, though, and I thought about hitting the wooded trailhead, but decided on the main trail. Good decision, as very little sun lit up the landscape, and the light was better out in the barrens.

Crows again—couple dozen of ’em. Can’t decide if their great annual convention is about to start, or perhaps warming and dryness and maybe other factors have affected this great event. The wind was nice and cool and I loved the sky and the smell and the muted-yet-wildly-colorful landscape—all kinds of lovely surroundings.

Saw a kestrel, saw a red-tail—both noteworthy. Only one woodpecker, only one robin (unlike recent days). Migration continues but this morning seemed as muted as the day.

Might be a quick hike tomorrow, as a big rain’s a-comin’.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:10 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Purple Finch (v)
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. American Crow
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. American Kestrel
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. White-throated Sparrow
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Gray Catbird (v)
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
15. American Robin (v)
16. Savannah Sparrow
17. Red-tailed Hawk


18. Northern Cardinal (v)


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


Sparrows, Woodpeckers

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 October 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

What a morning. A bit of frost early, but it’d become dew by the time dog and I hit the wooded trail. Nippy, mostly sunny—the angular sun of morning—and mostly calm. Many birds flitting around in the undergrowth and high in the trees. Mostly woodpeckers and sparrows.

Four woodpecker species, four sparrow species, a couple thrushes, a couple finches, a couple nuthatches, a couple warblers. Just good migratory action all around. A lovely morning.

Hoping for more of the same tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:06 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Purple Finch (v)
4. Hermit Thrush
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. American Robin
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. American Crow*
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10. American Goldfinch
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
14. Gray Catbird
15. White-throated Sparrow
16. Northern Flicker
17. Downy Woodpecker
18. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. Savannah Sparrow
21. Dark-eyed Junco
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Sharp-shinned Hawk
24. White-breasted Nuthatch
25. Brown Creeper (v)


26. Northern Cardinal
27. Herring Gull


Eastern Chipmunk

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



Tuesday, October 4th, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 October 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

Similar morning to yesterday’s—but a bit chillier, with a light breeze. Quiet at first but exciting as my hike with dog proceeded (as has been the case on recent days). At least sixty yellow-rumps, bluebirds, nuthatches, sparrows, a random phoebe—and my favorite sparrow at the summit on our return.

If you’ve been following, you know I love Savannah Sparrows—their subdued-yet-tidy attire, their insect-like trill (with a hiccup at the end), just their general behavior (e.g., not as shy as a Song Sparrow).

The little Savannah at the end just made my day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:\46 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow**
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. White-breasted Nuthatch**
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. Eastern Bluebird (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. Eastern Towhee (V)
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. American Robin
12. Northern Flicker
13. Hermit Thrush
14. American Goldfinch
15. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
16. White-throated Sparrow*
17. Song Sparrow
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Purple Finch (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Savannah Sparrow


22. Wild Turkey
23. Northern Cardinal (v)
24. Tufted Titmouse

(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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