29 May 2023

Posts Tagged ‘downy woodpecker’


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023
Broad-winged Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 May 2023.
Broad-winged Hawk.
Eastern Kingbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 May 2023.
Eastern Kingbird.

Another sunny morn, a bit chillier than yesterday but with less wind. And another slow start up the wooded trail—and, yes, another surpringly nice batch of spring birds.

Most noteworthy were two first-of-year Eastern Kingbirds hanging about in the blueberry barrens, catching flies. A total of forty-three species was also nice. And the very last bird of the day: a Broad-winged Hawk in the woods, staring down the photographer.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:31 p.m. sun time (7:31 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Ovenbird**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. American Redstart** (v)
6. Blue Jay
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
9. Veery
10. Wood Thrush (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. Tufted Titmouse (v)
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat (v)
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler
18. Scarlet Tanager
19. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Eastern Phoebe**
22. Field Sparrow
23. Song Sparrow**
24. American Robin
25. Alder Flycatcher (v)
26. Chipping Sparrow
27. American Crow*
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. Cooper’s Hawk
30. Eastern Kingbird†
31. Tree Swallow
32. Hermit Thrush (v)
33. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
34. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
35. Least Flycatcher (v)
36. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
37. Downy Woodpecker (v)
38. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
39. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
40. Northern Cardinal** (v)
41. Eastern Bluebird
42. Mourning Dove** (v)
43. Broad-winged Hawk


44. Herring Gull


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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



Sunday, May 21st, 2023
Green Frog, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 May 2023.
Green Frog.
Eastern Newt eft, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 May 2023.
Eastern Newt eft.

About two inches of rain fell overnight, but sure enough—as forecast—it’d stopped by the time dog and I were ready to hike this morning. Temps in the 50s (F) to start, and foggy on the hill, but it was warmer (and clearer) by the time of our return.

In between times, I managed a list of 44 birds (including a first-of-year Warbling Vireo), but most noteworthy were a pair of trail amphibians.

On the main trail, near the summit, sat a Green Frog. Just sat there on the gravel, letting me take photos. Finally I got close enough that it decided to hop off into the wet grass. And down in the middle of the lower wooded trail, I happened to spy a tiny bright orange newt eft.

It’s been pretty dry, so I expect the fresh douse of water drew the amphibians out. Then again, what do I know.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:`16 p.m. sun time (7:16 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird** (v)
3. Wood Thrush (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe*
5. Veery (v)
6. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
7. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Northern Cardinal** (v)
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Eastern Towhee**
12. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
13. Blue Jay (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
16. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
17. American Woodcock
18. Field Sparrow
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Common Loon (v)
21. Chipping Sparrow
22. Song Sparrow**
23. American Robin**
24. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
25. Eastern Bluebird
26. Sharp-shinned Hawk
27. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
28. Hermit Thrush (v)
29. Red-winged Blackbird
30. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
31. Alder Flycatcher (v)
32. Brown-headed Cowbird
33. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
34. Scarlet Tanager (v)
35. American Redstart (v)
36. American Crow*
37. Mourning Dove** (v)
38. Wild Turkey
39. Downy Woodpecker
40. American Goldfinch (v)
41. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
42. Warbling Vireo
43. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
44. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
45. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)


46. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
47. Mallard


Green Frog
Eastern Newt (eft)

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


Three Firsts

Friday, May 12th, 2023
Baltimore Oriole (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 May 2023.
Baltimore Oriole (first of year).

The day dawned with a sort of humid haze that lasted much of the day. Temps in the mid-50s (F) as dog and I started up the wooded Beech Hill trail. And there wasn’t much wind at all. I had no expectations—other than hoping for another first-of-year or two. Welp, I got three!

Right off the bat, I heard the voice of a Baltimore Oriole, which kindly flew up to a limb above us. Coming up the upper trail, I heard the voice of a Nashville Warbler. And at the summit, I heard—then saw—an American Restart.

Otherwise, we met five trail friends (and three dog friends) and oversaw the blooming blueberries and rhodora and little wild fruit trees.

Gonna be another good ’un tomorrow, I can just tell.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:18 a.m. sun time (7:18 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Song Sparrow
3. Black-throated Green Warbler**
4. Baltimore Oriole†
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. American Goldfinch
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Purple Finch
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
10. Northern Parula (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Brown Creeper
13. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
16. Gray Catbird
17. Nashville Warbler† (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)
20. Black-capped Chickadee
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. Yellow Warbler
23. American Robin
24. White-throated Sparrow**
25. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
26. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
27. Chipping Sparrow**
28. American Redstart†
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Tree Swallow
31. Eastern Phoebe
32. Northern Cardinal (v)
33. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
34. Veery (v)
35. Northern Flicker** (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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