14 August 2022

Posts Tagged ‘eastern gray squirrel’

Thrasher

Saturday, August 6th, 2022
Brown Thrasher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 August 2022.
Brown Thrasher.

In the wee hours this morning, dog and I were awakened by a lightning strike about a block away. Crack! (So near, there was no rumble following.) And then it began to rain. I checked the weather radar, and a solitary thundershower was basically centered directly above us—the only precipitation in the state.

By daylight, much of the rain had evaporated in the warm air, turning it muggy. And during our hike, the birds were quieter than on recent mornings. But, as always, we were both amused and inspired.

Most notable: a solitary brown thrasher popped up between the woods and open fields. A first-of-year bird.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:40 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Hermit Thrush
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7.White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)
10. Northern Flicker
11. Downy Woodpeckers
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. Gray Catbird
15. Song Sparrow*
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Yellow Warbler (v)
19. Barn Swallow
20. American Robin*
21. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
22. House Wren (v)
23. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Least Flycatcher (v)
25. Brown Thrasher†
26. Northern Cardinal* (v)

Elsewhere

27. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Two Photos

Thursday, August 4th, 2022
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 August 2022.
Yellow Warbler.
Raven in the blueberries, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 August 2022.
Raven in the blueberries.

This morning’s lovely, muggy, coolish, sunny hike up Beech Hill with dog was a good ’un. Heard and saw a lot of birds, had a couple casual chats with good folks, felt like an integral part of the world around me.

Here are a couple photos that sort of size up this crazy cool day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:31 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Northern Cardinal (v)
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. American Goldfinch
9. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Hermit Thrush
16. American Robin
17. Alder Flycatcher (v)
18. Gray Catbird
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Song Sparrow**
24. Field Sparrow (v)
25. Common Raven
26. Eastern Phoebe (v)
27. Mourning Dove*
28. Downy Woodpecker (v)
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Red-bellied Woodpecker

Elsewhere

31. Mallard
32. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Families

Sunday, July 31st, 2022
Chipping Sparrow (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 July 2022.
Chipping Sparrow (juvie).

Three years ago today, I was hauling a trailer full of my (and Jack’s) belongings and moving to Salt Lake City. Three months ago, we returned—and glad we did. [Not that I didn’t enjoy the high desert.] Today was a good representation of why: a cool morning hike, clean, fragrant air, many birds to observe, a long view of the bay.

Notable today were three woodpecker species that made their presences known within a few minutes of each other, several bird families (adults and juvies, among them nuthatches, sparrows, waxwings), and crows chasing a hawk.

Loved this morning, and looking forward to the next.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. American Crow*
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. Ovenbird
7. American Goldfinch
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Hermit Thrush
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)
13. Brown Creeper (v)
14. American Robin
15. Hairy Woodpecker
16. Downy Woodpecker (v)
17. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
18. Eastern Towhee
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Common Yellowthroat
21. Gray Catbird
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Chipping Sparrow
25. Field Sparrow
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Blue-headed Vireo
28. Blue Jay (v)
29. House Wren (v)
30. Herring Gull*
31. Broad-winged Hawk
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Yellow Warbler (v)
34. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

35. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

 
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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