20 May 2024

Posts Tagged ‘dark-eyed junco’

Two Highlights

Monday, July 31st, 2023
Dark-eyed Junco (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 July 2023.
Dark-eyed Junco (juvie).

Cool again, but not as breezy and somewhat more humid. [The forecast rain—and a thundershower—came this late afternoon, so tomorrow might be less muggy.] A bunch of interesting bird activity, too—a highlight being the surprise appearance of a juvie Dark-eyed Junco along the wooded trail, hunting assorted insects. It stayed about twenty feet in front of dog and me until, finally, I managed a photo.

Young whitetail buck, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 July 2023.
Young whitetail buck.

Another highlight—shortly after the junco—came when we surprised a young whitetail buck. He didn’t go far, then froze and checked us out for a bit. Again, a photo.

I’m still astonished not to have found a single deer tick since one tiny one appeared in spring on Jack’s nose. Crazy. (Not that I’m complainin’.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:07 a.m. EST (8:07 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Hermit Thrush
3. Blue Jay
4. American Goldfinch
5. Black-throated Green Warbler
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Northern Flicker
9. Tufted Titmouse
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. White-breasted Nuthatch
12. American Crow
13. Ovenbird
14. Dark-eyed Junco
15. Red-bellied Woodpecker
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Gray Catbird
19. American Robin
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Song Sparrow
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Purple Finch
24. Mourning Dove
25. Red-shouldered Hawk
26. Turkey Vulture
27. Yellow Warbler
28. Barn Swallow
29. Chestnut-sided Warbler
30. Blue-headed Vireo

Elsewhere

31. Northern Cardinal
32. Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

A Change of Scenery

Friday, June 16th, 2023
Red-winged Blackbird (female), Camden Snow Bowl, 16 June 2023.
Red-winged Blackbird (female).

Welp, we mixed it up this early morning, dog and me—accompanied our human and dog friends up the many trails winding around the Camden Snow Bowl. The day was bright and the winds were light and the grade was steep. Got a few different-than-usual species (and missed a few common at Beech Hill) and couldn’t well keep track of the chronology of sightings—thus, today’s species are listed I alphabetical order.

Ol’ Jack did well for such a warm, steep hike. (I could say the same for myself.) A change of scenery ain’t ever a bad thing.

We’ll be back at Beech Hill tomorrow, though (during what’s supposed to be some light rain).

Camden Snow Bowl Trails List
Starting at 6:13 a.m. EST (7:13 DST), I hiked some Camden Snow Bowl trails.

1. Alder Flycatcher (v)
2. American Goldfinch**
3. American Redstart (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Baltimore Oriole
6. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
9. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
10. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
11. Blue Jay (v)
12. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
13. Brown Creeper (v)
14. Cedar Waxwing (v)
15. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
16. Chipping Sparrow*
17. Common Loon
18. Common Yellowthroat (v)
19. Dark-eyed Junco
20. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
21. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
22. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Least Flycatcher (v)
25. Mallard
26. Mourning Dove (v)
27. Ovenbird (v)
28. Purple Finch (v)
29. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
30. Red-winged Blackbird
31. Scarlet Tanager
32. Song Sparrow*
33. Tree Swallow
34. Tufted Titmouse (v)
35. Turkey Vulture
36. Warbling Vireo (v)
37. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
38. Yellow Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

39. American Crow

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Spring, Cont’d.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler (preening), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler (preening).

Another lovely spring day, but cooler, and with a lot of sunshine. Thought I’d have lot fewer species on my list this morning than I ended up with—a nice mix. First-of-year bird (which I didn’t confirm until I downloaded a blurry photo of it): Magnolia Warbler.

The few showers forecast for last night left no trace (if in fact they fell). The trails were drier than they’ve been for many weeks, seemed like. Territorial Ovenbirds were chasing each other though the woods. And had another random junco.

Now we wait for flycatchers, wood-pewee, and several other late nesters. Fun time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:20 a.m. sun time (7:20 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. Gray Catbird
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Eastern Towhee**
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
12. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
13. Veery
14. Nashville Warbler (v)
15. American Crow*
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)
20. White-throated Sparrow
21. American Redstart
22. American Robin*
23. Dark-eyed Junco
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
26. Broad-winged Hawk
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Northern Cardinal** (v)
29. Magnolia Warbler†
30. Black-throated Blue Warbler
31. Northern Parula (v)
32. Yellow Warbler (v)
33. Red-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
34. Eastern Phoebe (v)

Elsewhere

35. Wild Turkey
36. Pine Warbler (v)

Reptiles

Red-bellied Snake

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

†First-of-year

 
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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