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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



Sunday, May 28th, 2023
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 May 2023.
American Goldfinch.

Another sunny day, and a mild one. My hike with dog was a tiny bit chilly to start—but it was downright hot when we got done. High temps in the 80s (F) today.

The birds were perhaps a bit quieter than on recent days, but my list still added up to thirty-four species. Notable was a persisting Prairie Warbler and a pair of hawks on the wing.

Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be twenty degrees cooler. Will be interesting to see how different my list will be.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:30 a.m. sun time (7:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Redstart** (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Ovenbird
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. Eastern Phoebe
7. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Veery (v)
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
13. American Goldfinch
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Eastern Wood-pewee
17. Hairy Woodpecker
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Song Sparrow**
24. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
25. Sharp-shinned Hawk
26. Least Flycatcher (v)
27. Red-tailed Hawk
28. Brown-headed Cowbird
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Wood Thrush (v)
31. Chipping Sparrow (v)
32. Prairie Warbler (v)
33. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
34. Brown Creeper (v)
35. Eastern Bluebird


36. Mallard
37. Mourning Dove
38. Herring Gull
39. Laughing Gull
40. Carolina Wren (v)

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


Afternoon Hike

Friday, May 19th, 2023
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 May 2023.
Hermit Thrush.

I had an early appointment this morning, so for the first time in—I think—years, dog and I took our hike in afternoon. The light was bright, the air was cool, the winds were high, the birds were sparser than at earlier hours. However, it was as fun as ever.

A couple dozen species total, with the most notable bird being a Hermit Thrush that popped up on a little snag just in front of us and posed for photos. Also two hawks and a vulture. Several warblers.

The early excursion involved a drive to Portland, so on the way I got some unusual (for me) birds while zipping past.

Tomorrow will be early, as usual. Maybe a first-of-year species or two?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 12:10 p.m. sun time (1:10 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. Song Sparrow (v)
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler** (v)
6. Brown Creeper (v)
7. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Northern Cardinal (v)
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Hermit Thrush
12. American Crow*
13. Blue Jay (v)
14. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. Yellow Warbler (v)
17. Turkey Vulture
18. Red-tailed Hawk
19. Broad-winged Hawk
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Herring Gull*
22. Eastern Phoebe**
23. Tufted Titmouse (v)
24. Purple Finch (v)


25. Mallard
26. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
27. European Starling
28. Double-crested Cormorant
29. Osprey
30. Rock Pigeon

(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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