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Foggy, Drippy

Saturday, May 21st, 2022
Northern Cardinal, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 May 2022.
Northern Cardinal in the wild.

Slept well enough last night that dog and I were a couple hours late to the trailhead. A foggy, drippy, luscious day. Many bird species were quieter than usual, but their numbers were high.

Most notable was a first-of-year Black-billed Cuckoo, whose voice came clearly from the bayberry tangles down the eastern slope.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:05 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
4. American Goldfinch*
5. Song Sparrow*
6. Black-throated Green Warbler* (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. Gray Catbird
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. Veery (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. American Redstart (v)
14. Northern Parula (v)
15. Black-capped Chickadee**
16. Nashville Warbler (v)
17. Wood Thrush (v)
18. American Crow* (v)
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
21. Yellow Warbler
22. Blue Jay
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. American Robin
25. Savannah Sparrow
26. Prairie Warbler (v)
27. Alder Flycatcher (v)
28. Black-billed Cuckoo† (v)
29. Tufted Titmouse (v)
30. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Brown Creeper
33. Northern Cardinal**
34. Eastern Phoebe*


35. Mallard
36. Herring Gull


Gray Squirrel

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


Prairie Warbler

Friday, May 13th, 2022
Prairie Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2022.
Prairie Warbler.

A foggy start to a sweet morning of birding. Dog and I got a bit later start, and things were quiet at first. But a lot of the fog burned away within the hour, and birds began to sing, and one of them was a Prairie Warbler.

I love Prairie Warblers. I first heard—then saw—one near Beech Hill Road several years ago. Their song is amazing, a buzzy collection of rising notes.

Heard this one pretty far down in the barrens, and figured I wouldn’t manage a peek, but the bird kept flitting off quite a distance and singing from another tree. Remarkably, as we began to descend toward Beech hill Road, I heard the bird singing quite close—and spied it atop a trail-side birch. Got a couple photos and a video.

It’s mornings like this that give credence to my mantra: “Birding improves your life.”

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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


34. Mallard
35. Common Grackle
36. Herring Gull
37. Pine Warbler

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


Engaging Ramble

Thursday, May 5th, 2022
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 May 2022.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Yet another wondrously engaging ramble around Beech Hill. Still remembering—finding places where I saw various birds or bird behaviors—and yet soaking up the smells and feels (the dewy air) and sounds of coastal birds of the 44th parallel.

Hard to choose a highlight from today, there were so many sweet moments. I suppose (ironically) it might’ve been when I spied a white-tail staring up at us from a tangle of little trees.

Already looking forward to our hike in the morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:26 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Cardinal*
2. American Goldfinch
3. American Crow*
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Tufted Titmouse
10. White-breasted Nuthatch
11. Downy Woodpecker**
12. Herring Gull* (v)
13. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
14. White-throated Sparrow (v)
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. Turkey Vulture
17. Chipping Sparrow**
18. Eastern Bluebird
19. Gray Catbird (v)
20. Song Sparrow**
21. American Robin
22. Broad-winged Hawk
23. Red-breasted Nuthatch
24. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
25. Yellow-rumped Warbler
26. Tree Swallow
27. Savannah Sparrow (v)
28. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
29. Common Raven


30. Mallard
31. European Starling
32. House Sparrow (v)


White-tailed Deer

(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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