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No Dull Moment

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
Eastern Towhee (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 July 2019.
Eastern Towhee (female).
Blooming milkweed, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 July 2019.
Blooming milkweed.

In fast, efficient summer, new things happen every day. Today, most conspicuous (to me), was the blooming of the milkweed. A week ago, the only milkweed I saw were very young plants, but now they’re full grown, everywhere, and blooming.

Also, more birds are moving around—and others have disappeared. No Tree Swallows for several days now. No chippies in the spruce grove. Yellowthroats frantically feeding. And catbirds. And towhees. And Yellow Warblers.

Day lilies popping up all over the place. And a new dragonfly every day, seems like.

Never a dull moment at this time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Veery
2. American Robin*
3. Song Sparrow**
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Ovenbird (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Chipping Sparrow (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Yellow Warbler
15. Mourning Dove* (v)
16. Northern Flicker (v)
17. Field Sparrow (v)
18. Nashville Warbler (v)
19. Purple Finch (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe**
21. Eastern Bluebird
22. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. American Goldfinch**
25. Northern Cardinal** (v)


26. Herring Gull
27. Wild Turkey
28. Blue Jay (v)
29. Double-crested Cormorant
30. Red-winged Blackbird (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Monday, June 17th, 2019
Black-billed Cuckoo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 17 June 2019.
Black-billed Cuckoo (with caterpillar).

A sunny, warm, kind of glorious morning. Spring at last. A breeze rose in the fully-fledged trees, and the resulting hush obscured some birdsong—but I heard enough (and saw enough) to have a happy hike with dog.

Portrait of chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 June 2019.
Portrait of chestnut-sided Warbler.

Happiest occurrence: A Black-billed Cuckoo zipped up to a branch directly in front of us along the wooded trail and posed for photos. I rarely get to photograph these shy birds.

Back home, a curiosity: the call of a kingfisher where I’d never heard one before. Weird.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
5. Common Yellowthroat**
6. Veery
7. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. American Goldfinch
12. Scarlet Tanager (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Eastern Phoebe*
18. Tree Swallow
19. Chipping Sparrow*
20. American Crow*
21. Double-crested Cormorant
22. Eastern Bluebird (v)
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Cedar Waxwing
25. Black-billed Cuckoo
26. Hermit Thrush (v)
27. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
28. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
29. Least Flycatcher
30. Northern Cardinal (v)


31. House Finch (v)
32. Herring Gull
33. Osprey (v)
34. Belted Kingfisher (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Before the Rain

Thursday, June 13th, 2019
Veery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 June 2019.

Under an overcast sky, before the rain, Sarah and I hiked up through the woods—and topped yesterday’s number of species. On the way back down, in the lower woodlands, we stood for a while as nearly a dozen species called and flitted and sang.

I figured all the activity was an attempt to get things done before the rain.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse
2. Black-and-white Warbler
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
6. Eastern Phoebe*
7. Nashville Warbler (v)
8. Ovenbird (v)
9. Common Yellowthroat** (v)
10. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
11. Least Flycatcher (v)
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
13. Yellow Warbler (v)
14. Song Sparrow** (v)
15. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
16. Hermit Thrush
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Gray Catbird (v)
19. White-breasted Nuthatch
20. Red-eyed Vireo**
21. Tree Swallow
22. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
23. Double-crested Cormorant
24. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
25. American Crow*
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Veery (v)
28. American Redstart (v)
29. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
30. Blue Jay (v)


31. House Finch (v)
32. American Robin (v)
33. Herring Gull

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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