4 October 2023

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Jewel in the Rain

Friday, August 25th, 2023
Prairie Warbler (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 August 2023.
Prairie Warbler (juvie).

Dog and I hiked in the rain this morning. Not a hard rain, but a steady one for much of it. Hardly any birds to start, but I began to hear some in the woodlands—and after the rain let up a bit, got a glimpse of a few species.

The highlight: a juvenile Prairie Warbler that popped up for a photo at the very end of our hike. First prairie I’ve seen this year (although I heard ’em singing in spring).

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:28 a.m. EST (8:28 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Cedar Waxwing
2. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. American Redstart
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
7. Gray Catbird
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Song Sparrow
11. American Crow* (v)
12. Prairie Warbler


13. Wild Turkey
14. Herring Gull
15. Northern Cardinal (v)
16. Double-crested Cormorant
17. Osprey
18. Rock Pigeon

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


Nighttime Lifer

Thursday, June 8th, 2023
Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 June 2023.
Common Yellowthroat.

We had a lovely hike on the hill this morning, dog and I—many birds, big skies, just a very wonderful experience. But the highlight of this day happened at evening. About 8:30 this evening, in fact, at a friend’s house near Clam Cove, less than a mile from me. Off in the woods I heard the voice of a Chuck Will’s Widow.

Decades ago, I used to hear Eastern Whip-poor-wills here on the coast at night—multiples even. But for the past twenty years or more, the only goatsucker I’ve encountered has been (very rarely) a Common Nighthawk in flight. Chuck Will’s Widows aren’t even supposed to range this far north along the coast.

Made for an exciting day for me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m. sun time (7:45 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Phoebe
2. Ovenbird**
3. American Redstart** (v)
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Northern Cardinal** (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. Mourning Dove** (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Song Sparrow*
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. American Goldfinch (v)
15. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
18. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
19. Northern Flicker
20. Alder Flycatcher (v)
21. Gray Catbird
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Eastern Bluebird
24. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
25. Purple Finch (v)
26. Osprey
27. Blue Jay** (v)
28. Common Raven (v)
29. Broad-winged Hawk
30. Hermit Thrush (v)
31. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
32. Veery
33. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
34. Scarlet Tanager
35. Brown Creeper (v)
36. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
37. Least Flycatcher (v)
38. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
39. Red-winged Blackbird (v)


40. Mallard
41. Herring Gull
42. Double-crested Cormorant
43. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
44. Chuck Will’s Widow‡ (v)


Eastern Chipmunk

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

‡A lifer for me

Mixing It Up

Monday, May 29th, 2023

Captain Jack, age 15, has been limping a little (front foot), so I made the hard decision to let him sit out this morning’s hike for the first time in years. A very hard decision.

Memorial Day was sunny and cool and breezy, and people were out and about, and so were birds. Most notable was probably the individual Cedar Waxwing I spied at the summit. Only the second waxwing sighting of the year—although more will show up in summer for the annual fly hatch up there.

Felt bad that dog didn’t get a hike, and a friend suggested a short trail near the house, which we three hiked in afternoon. Jack liked the new smells. We’ll do more of that going forward, for sure.

Supposed to start warming up again. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:08 a.m. sun time (7:08 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo*
2. Ovenbird**
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
6. Veery
7. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
8. Eastern Towhee**
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. Northern Flicker** (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. Northern Cardinal** (v)
13. American Robin
14. Tufted Titmouse
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)
16. American Crow*
17. Black-and-white Warbler
18. Field Sparrow
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. Yellow Warbler** (v)
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Song Sparrow**
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. Chipping Sparrow*
26. Double-crested Cormorant
27. Gray Catbird* (v)
28. Brown-headed Cowbird
29. American Redstart* (v)
30. Least Flycatcher (v)
31. Savannah Sparrow (v)
32. American Goldfinch** (v)


33. Mallard
34. Herring Gull
35. Laughing Gull (v)
36. Broad-tailed Hawk
37. Carolina Wren (v)
38. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (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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