30 May 2023

Posts Tagged ‘cooper’s hawk’


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023
Broad-winged Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 May 2023.
Broad-winged Hawk.
Eastern Kingbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 May 2023.
Eastern Kingbird.

Another sunny morn, a bit chillier than yesterday but with less wind. And another slow start up the wooded trail—and, yes, another surpringly nice batch of spring birds.

Most noteworthy were two first-of-year Eastern Kingbirds hanging about in the blueberry barrens, catching flies. A total of forty-three species was also nice. And the very last bird of the day: a Broad-winged Hawk in the woods, staring down the photographer.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:31 p.m. sun time (7:31 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Ovenbird**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. American Redstart** (v)
6. Blue Jay
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
9. Veery
10. Wood Thrush (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. Tufted Titmouse (v)
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat (v)
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler
18. Scarlet Tanager
19. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Eastern Phoebe**
22. Field Sparrow
23. Song Sparrow**
24. American Robin
25. Alder Flycatcher (v)
26. Chipping Sparrow
27. American Crow*
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. Cooper’s Hawk
30. Eastern Kingbird†
31. Tree Swallow
32. Hermit Thrush (v)
33. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
34. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
35. Least Flycatcher (v)
36. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
37. Downy Woodpecker (v)
38. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
39. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
40. Northern Cardinal** (v)
41. Eastern Bluebird
42. Mourning Dove** (v)
43. Broad-winged Hawk


44. Herring Gull


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


A Good Day

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 May 2023.
Red-eyed Vireo.

Blue sky, cool temps, and a nice breeze greeted dog and me as we started up the wooded trail. Plenty of birds were there to greet us, too.

It didn’t seem at first that I’d have much of a list, but the higher we got, the more birds I saw or heard. And then—as has happened in recent days—we hiked a ways down the Erickson Fields trail down toward Beech Hill Road and added a bunch more species.

Notable today was a first-of-year Canada Warbler. I didn’t get a look at it, but the Merlin app insisted that’s what made the quick little jumble of a warble I was hearing across the road—and after we got home I matched my GoPro recording with the Cornell Labs’. (Wish I’d got a peek.)

Similar weather expected tomorrow. Will I encounter another first of year?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:31 p.m. sun time (7:31 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. Ovenbird**
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. Northern Cardinal (v)
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler**
10. American Goldfinch (v)
11. Blue Jay
12. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
13. American Redstart (v)
14. White-breasted Nuthatch**
15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
16. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
17. Field Sparrow
18. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
19. Gray Catbird
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Chipping Sparrow (v)
22. Song Sparrow*
23. Eastern Phoebe*
24. American Robin
25. Canada Goose (v)
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
28. Brown-headed Cowbird
29. Scarlet Tanager (v)
30. American Crow*
31. Red-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Wild Turkey (v)
34. Mourning Dove* (v)
35. Tree Swallow
36. Purple Finch (v)
37. Canada Warbler† (v)
38. Hermit Thrush (v)


39. Mallard
40. Herring Gull
41. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
42. Rock Pigeon
43. European Starling
44. Cooper’s Hawk

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


Riotous Song

Sunday, May 14th, 2023
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2023.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male).

A lot cooler today than yesterday, and a bit blusterier. But also mostly blue above, and the leaves have started to obscure the canopy. And birdsong was everywhere this morning as dog and I headed up the hill.

First-of-year bird? A loudly singing Wood Thrush. Most notable sighting? Possibly the pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks hanging out in the leafy trees about half way up. (Saw a third below.) In fact, as I was watching the female, she suddenly took off, and a Cooper’s Hawk came zipping by—an unsuccessful chase, I’m pretty sure.

Spied another tanager today. Three geese flew over. Many, many warblers.

Yet again, I anticipate another fun walk tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:05 a.m. sun time (7:05 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. American Goldfinch** (v)
4. Wood Thrush† (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Northern Parula
11. Veery
12. Mourning Dove**
13. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
14. Cooper’s Hawk
15. Herring Gull*
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
18. American Crow*
19. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
20. Canada Goose
21. Scarlet Tanager
22. Nashville Warbler
23. White-throated Sparrow
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. American Redstart
26. Chipping Sparrow
27. Song Sparrow
28. Field Sparrow (v)
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Purple Finch (v)
31. Yellow Warbler (v)
32. Hermit Thrush (v)
33. Pine Warbler** (v)
34. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
35. Eastern Phoebe


36. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

(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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