22 September 2023

Posts Tagged ‘downy woodpecker’

Lifting Fog

Friday, September 8th, 2023
Song Sparrow (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 August 2023.
Song Sparrow (juvie).

I didn’t expect to awaken to a foggy morning today, but there it was. The fog made for a cooler ascent for dog and me, however, and when it lifted—before too awful long—things warmed up pretty quickly. But every day is its own miracle, and the bird life will always surprise.

Notable, today, might be the fact that I had four woodpeckers on my list—a fourth of my final species count. Migratory birds are still gearing up for takeoff, clearly. It’ll be happening soon enough.

Can hardly wait.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:22 a.m. EST (8:22 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Gray Catbird**
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
4. Song Sparrow
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Northern Flicker
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)


17. Herring Gull
18. Mourning Dove

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



Tuesday, September 5th, 2023
Cape May Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 September 2023.
Cape May Warbler.

It was a warm one. Starting up the trail early, dog and I “enjoyed” a sort of humid room temperature. Once we got out of the shade, the air got summertime-warm in a hurry. Still, what a nice hike.

Mainly because of the variety of bird life. A vireo posed. So did a Broad-winged Hawk and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Most interestingly, a young Cape May Warbler perched high in a summit spruce and might as well have begged to have his picture took—one of very few of the species I’ve seen up there.

In afternoon, I rode around on my bicycle in 80-something-degree (F) temperatures. Seems we get us a variety of weather around here, too.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:45 a.m. EST (7:45 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Blue Jay
4. Gray Catbird
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Broad-winged Hawk
8. American Crow* (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Eastern Towhee (v)
11. Song Sparrow
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
14. Cape May Warbler†
15. American Goldfinch
16. Downy Woodpecker (v)
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Northern Flicker (v)


19. Carolina Wren
20. Herring Gull
21. Wild Turkey

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


Random Tanager

Monday, September 4th, 2023
Scarlet Tanager (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 August 2023.
Scarlet Tanager (female).

Another nippy morning—low-60s (F) to start—that warmed into a lovely late-summer day. On the hill, birds were stirring, including one species I hadn’t encountered since spring: Scarlet Tanager. I heard a high, loud, abrupt call that I didn’t recognize coming from up in the wooded canopy. Turned out to be a female tanager. (Learned another bird call today!)

Other notables were a random Ovenbird, two overflying Ospreys, and—for the second straight day—a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

I’ll take a day like this one, well, any day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:51 a.m. EST (7:51 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
2. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
3. Gray Catbird**
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. American Crow*
8. Scarlet Tanager
9. Eastern Bluebird (v)
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Ovenbird (v)
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Common Yellowthroat (v)
16. American Goldfinch
17. Song Sparrow
18. Eastern Phoebe
19. Osprey
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Black-capped Chickadee**
22. Hermit Thrush
23. Tufted Titmouse (v)
24. Northern Flicker (v)


23. Herring Gull


Eastern Gray Squirrel

(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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