26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘downy woodpecker’

Magical Place

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 May 2022.
Yellow Warbler.

Stayed up late last night, slept late-ish this morning. Captain Jack and I didn’t make it to the hill until about 8 o’clock sun time. Sunny and cool and breezy, didn’t think I’d list so many birds at the late hour—but turned out I matched yesterday’s total number of species.

No firsts-of-year, no lifers. Mostly the usual suspects (along with a calling Black-billed Cuckoo, a species I hope to catch sight of one day). Some posed, although my captures tended toward the plain.

Still, what a lovely morning, and what a magical place we get to hang out in every day, dog and me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:01 a.m., I hiked most trails.

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


35. Wild Turkey
36. Mallard
37. Herring Gull
38. European Starling

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


A Warm One

Saturday, May 14th, 2022
Black-and-white Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2022.
Black-and-white Warbler (female).

It was pretty warm already when Captain Jack and I hit the lower wooded trail this morning, earlier than the past few. Mid- to upper-60s to start (and mid- to upper-70s when we got done). So it was a bit slow for Jack, with his thick coat and all.

But we made it OK—and my list happened to end up with a bodacious number of bird species.

Three of which were firsts-of-year, none of which I saw—but their voices gave ’em away (Wood Thrush, Least Flycatcher, and Scarlet Tanager). Maybe tomorrow I’ll get a photo of one or the other.

Mid-may is a wondrous time of year for a bird nerd.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:17 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Black-and-white Warbler**
5. Northern Parula (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. American Crow*
8. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
9. American Goldfinch** (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe*
11. Red-winged Blackbird
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Northern Cardinal**
15. Northern Flicker
16. American Robin (v)
17. Least Flycatcher (v)
18. Wood Thrush (v)
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Gray Catbird
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
24. Yellow warbler (v)
25. Song Sparrow**
26. White-throated Sparrow (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Eastern Bluebird
29. Field Sparrow
30. Nashville Warbler (v)
31. Chipping Sparrow**
32. Savannah Sparrow (v)
33. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
34. Scarlet Tanager (v)
35. Turkey Vulture*
36. Downy Woodpecker (v)


37. Mallard
38. Herring Gull
39. Pine Warbler
40. Red-tailed Hawk

Gray Squirrel

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


Birds of the Barrens

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 May 2022.
Eastern Bluebird.

The woods are full of warblers, woodpeckers, thrushes and such. The barrens bring sparrows and hawks, bluebirds and swallows—and more.

It’s fortunate that Beech Hill has these two habitats, and the miraculous edges between the two. Day by day, you never really know what you’ll get (as you don’t most days wherever you roam), but the open fields are fine and fruitful. Airy. With long views.

Today I saw an Osprey fly over carrying a fish. I encountered territorial disputes among swallows. I heard the sweet voices of the Savannah Sparrows I love.

After my thousands of hikes with dog up there, I’m not sure I could handle one without the other.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:29 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Eastern Phoebe*
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. American Goldfinch
5. Downy Woodpecker** (v)
6. Gray Catbird
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
9. Northern Parula
10. Black-capped Chickadee*
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Herring Gull* (v)
13. Blue Jay
14. Northern Cardinal**
15. Chestnut-sided Warbler
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. American Crow*
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. White-throated Sparrow (v)
20. Song Sparrow**
21. American Crow*
22. Tree Swallow
23. Chipping Sparrow**
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. Savannah Sparrow
26. Turkey Vulture
27. Osprey
28. Hermit Thrush
29. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
30. Common Raven


31. Wild Turkey
32. Mallard

(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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