30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘double-crested cormorant’


Monday, June 6th, 2022
Prairie Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 June 2022.
Prairie Warbler.

In my thirty-something days of Maine hikes with dog so far, I’ve noticed a few differences in the bird populations from when we moved to Utah in the summer of 2019. For one thing, a Prairie Warbler—once an uncommon (but thrilling) visitor to Beech Hill—has claimed its territory. Clearly global warming has brought this species farther north.

For another thing, after hearing Scarlet Tanagers weeks earlier than usual, I have yet to see one. Have they moved through? Are they nesting already? Will I see fledglings?

Meanwhile, I’ve encountered no Black-throated Blue Warbler. My favorite wood-warbler, I miss seeing and hearing this lovely looking (and sounding) bird. Very few waxwings also. And of course there was that Summer Tanager a couple weeks ago.

But it’s still a bit early yet. I’ll get a better idea once fledglings emerge. Another miracle to look forward to.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Eastern Phoebe*
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. Veery (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. American Crow* (v)
10. American Redstart** (v)
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
12. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
13. Gray Catbird*
14. Alder Flycatcher
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Eastern Wood-pewee
18. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
21. American Woodcock†
22. Song Sparrow*
23. Tree Swallow
24. Osprey
25. Chipping Sparrow
26. Prairie Warbler
27. House Wren
28. Turkey Vulture
29. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
30. Northern Parula (v)
31. Field Sparrow (v)
32. Broad-winged Hawk
33. American Robin (v)
34. Northern Cardinal** (v)


35. Mallard
36. European Starling
37. Herring Gull
38. Rock Pigeon
39. Double-crested Cormorant

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


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

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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