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Raven & Rain

Tuesday, August 8th, 2023
Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 August 2023.
Common Raven.

Was supposed to rain all day, so I’d prepared for dog and me to get wet. Welp, when we got to the trailhead, the sky was overcast, the air was damp, a wind was blowing—but no rain. We hiked our usual trails for nearly two hours, but the only wet we got was by brushing against trailside bushes.

Most notable this morning was the croak of a raven I heard within a couple of minutes of our arrival. Trees all around, I couldn’t see it. I wanted badly to see it. The raven continued to vocalize—changing its cries from croaks to wails—as we ascended the hill, its sounds coming from somewhere near the summit. Could not see it. Finally, it must’ve seen us below and took flight.

I grabbed a photo.

It was a truly lovely, bracing, invigorating hike. Soon after our return home, it began to rain. Just now, in evening, it’s still raining. Tomorrow, though, the sun’s supposed to make an appearance.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:09 a.m. EST (8:09 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Common Raven
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. American Goldfinch
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Song Sparrow*
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Eastern Bluebird (v)
9. American Robin (v)
10. Savannah Sparrow
11. Gray Catbird**
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. Cooper’s Hawk
16. Cedar Waxwing


17. Herring Gull
18. Canada Goose
19. Wild Turkey
20. Mourning Dove

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



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 a.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 a.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


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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