30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘eastern bluebird’

A Summer Morn

Sunday, June 26th, 2022
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 June 2022.
Red-eyed Vireo.

Dog and I got to the trailhead a bit later than yesterday, but still we were the first in the parking lot. Not as warm as yesterday, not quite as cloudless, not quite so many mosquitos—but every bit as lovely, interesting, miraculous.

Snowshoe Hare, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 June 2022.
Snowshoe Hare.

Encountered thirty-three bird species and a Snowshoe Hare (with tick-infested ears, poor critter). Among the birds were a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds in overflight (not ID’d until after I viewed my photos later). Also a papa bluebird and mama Pileated Woodpecker, respectively with fledglings.

And for the first time in a long while, a Red-eyed Vireo posed for me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:51 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird
3. Northern Cardinal** (v)
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Hermit Thrush (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Veery
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. American Redstart** (v)
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Gray Catbird
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. American Goldfinch (v)
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Black-capped Chickadee**
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Yellow Warbler
18. Pileated Woodpecker
19. Song Sparrow
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. Red-winged Blackbird
24. Prairie Warbler
25. American Robin
26. White-breasted Nuthatch
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Savannah Sparrow
32. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
33. Brown Creeper (v)


34. Herring Gull
35. European Starling
36. House Sparrow


Eastern Chipmunk
Snowshoe Hare

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



Tuesday, June 21st, 2022
Eastern Wood-pewee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 June 2022.
Eastern Wood-pewee.

And summer came, and Nature held a party. There were shenanigans, there were quarrels, there was music, there was magic.

The air was cool and the sky near cloudless when dog and I started up the trail. Little wind, lots of birdsong. Notable was the syncopated drumming of a sapsucker, the subtle notes of a hummingbird (first in a while), and just the number and variety of species. I believe today’s count was the second-highest yet since our return to the Maine coast.

Eastern Coyote, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 June 2022.
Eastern Coyote.

But the height of excitement came as we were strolling slowly down the open main Beech Hill trail when an Eastern Coyote emerged from the profuse shrubbery and crossed the trail not ten or twelve yards ahead of us. I imagined she was a female, perhaps having stashed her pups in that greenery, but she didn’t move overly fast—more like a slow lope. And then she stopped and cast a glance behind her.

Thank you, goddess of summer.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:27 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Song Sparrow**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Downy Woodpecker
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Veery
9. Gray Catbird
10. Pileated Woodpecker
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. American Redstart** (v)
13. American Crow*
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler
15. Northern Cardinal** (v)
16. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
17. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Alder Flycatcher
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Field Sparrow
25. American Robin
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Cedar Waxwing
28. House Wren
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. Chipping Sparrow (v)
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Prairie Warbler (v)
34. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Tufted Titmouse (v)
36. Pine Warbler
37. Eastern Wood-pewee
38. Brown Creeper (v)


39. Mallard
40. Rock Pigeon


Eastern Coyote

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


End of Spring

Monday, June 20th, 2022
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 June 2022.
Song Sparrow.

Another chilly, gusty morning—but this time with a bright blue sky above my dog and me. Also birds. Many more birds (and species) than the past two mornings.

Most notable was the flush of a couple (or three?) American Woodcock on our way up the wooded trail just below the summit. I suspect a traveling family. And another family—phoebe fledglings—not far below that same area on our return trip.

Couldn’t get a photo of a calling Pileated Woodpecker near the end of our early hike—but I did get a pretty nice pic of a Song Sparrow.

Tomorrow, summer!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:22 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Common Yellowthroat
3. Red-eyed vireo (v)
4. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Veery
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
10. Alder Flycatcher (v)
11. Cedar Waxwing (v)
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. Song Sparrow**
14. American Woodcock
15. Yellow Warbler
16. American Robin*
17. Black-capped Chickadee
18. Savannah Sparrow (v)
19. Eastern Bluebird (v)
21. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Field Sparrow
27. Eastern Phoebe*
28. Pileated Woodpecker
29. Eastern Wood-pewee
30. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
31. Brown Creeper (v)
32. Osprey (v)


33. Mallard
34. Northern Cardinal

(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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