30 September 2022

Posts Tagged ‘eastern gray squirrel’

Last Gasp

Monday, September 19th, 2022
Swainson’s Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2022.
Swainson’s Thrush.

Rained overnight, and this morning when the sun rose, the woods were damp and drippy. Awful quiet, but birds were lurking and skulking and flitting—mostly just out of sight. A few revealed themselves, though: flickers, robins, a lone Swainson’s Thrush; calling raven and jays and goldfinches; a flushed grouse.

Even quieter on our way back down the lower wooded trail, until just a few hundred yards from the trailhead, when chickadees piped up, and a glance into the damp foliage exposed a wave of little birds—warblers, creepers, a wood-pewee.

I’m a big fan of this time of year—a time you might call summer’s last gasp.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Common Raven (v)
2. Blue Jay**
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Northern Flicker
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Gray Catbird
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Swainson’s Thrush
9. American Robin*
10. Red-eyed Vireo
11. American Goldfinch**
12. Ruffed Grouse
13. American Crow*
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Song Sparrow
18. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. White-throated Sparrow
21. Downy Woodpecker (v)
22. Brown Creeper
23. Black-and-white Warbler
24. Chestnut-sided Warbler
25. Black-throated Green Warbler
26. Eastern Wood-pewee

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Vireo

Sunday, September 18th, 2022
Blue-headed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2022.
Blue-headed Vireo.

Another clear, breezy morning with a nice assortment of nervous birds. Among the several species up at the summit spruce grove, I spied a Blue-headed Vireo. It’s been weeks since I’ve seen one, months since I’ve heard them singing. This one must’ve been on its way south.

As, by the way, was a nice-sized flock of migrating Monarchs—most I’ve seen so far.

No hawks today, but dog and I did spook another woodcock.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:36 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Common Yellowthroat (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Blue Jay
4. Northern Flicker
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. American Goldfinch** (v)
7. American Robin
8. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. American Woodcock
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Gray Catbird (v)
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch
16. Blue-headed Vireo
17. Song Sparrow
18. Hermit Thrush
19. Osprey
20. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

21. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
American Red Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Thirty

Saturday, September 17th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird (juvie) in blueberry barren, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 September 2022.
Eastern Bluebird (juvie) in blueberry barren.

Another clear sky with a breeze from a favorable direction, but I didn’t expect early fall migration would grace me with so many species during my morning hike with dog. Thirty.

Notable additions to the usual suspects were a pair of hawks (sharpie and broad-winged), White-throated Sparrow (rarely seen since spring), Ruby-crowned Kinglet—and at the end of our hike we spooked an American Woodcock.

A week from today, dog and I will be Monhegan bound for an even more exciting glimpse of fall migration in action.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Hermit Thrush
3. Blue Jay**
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch**
6. Gray Catbird
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
9. American Redstart
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. Red-eyed Vireo
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. Northern Flicker
14. American Robin*
15. White-breasted Nuthatch
16. American Goldfinch
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. White-throated Sparrow
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Song Sparrow
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. Eastern Bluebird
24. Sharp-shinned Hawk
25. Chipping Sparrow
26. Broad-winged Hawk
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Brown Creeper (v)
30. American Woodcock

Elsewhere

31. Carolina Wren (v)
32. Northern Cardinal (v)

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

(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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