18 May 2024

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Rained overnight, and the morning trails were watery when Captain Jack and I hit the hill. Chilly enough for a sweatshirt, but calm, with air that had the fragrance of fall.

Plenty of birds—I suppose thanks to a change in wind direction—including a minor fallout of yellow-rumps, a very vocal kinglet, and some vocal woodpecker species. Most notable would be an Ovenbird that was hanging out with a Hermit Thrush. (They do look a little alike, I guess.)

To top things off, in afternoon, another dog (Oscar) and I walked the Rockland Breakwater—which will explain a few species listed below.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:01 a.m. EST (9:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Song Sparrow
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. American Crow*
8. American Robin
9. Eastern Towhee (v)
10. Purple Finch (v)
11. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
12. Gray Catbird** (v)
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
16. Hermit Thrush
17. Ovenbird
18. Downy Woodpecker (v)


19. Mallard
20. Northern Cardinal
21. Herring Gull
22. Bald Eagle
23. Double-crested Cormorant


Eastern Gray Squirrel
Harbor Seal

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


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

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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