21 February 2024

Posts Tagged ‘eastern phoebe’

Even Foggier

Friday, October 6th, 2023
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 October 2023.
Hermit Thrush.

Thicker fog, cooler temps, drippier understory—that about describes the meteorological conditions as dog and I headed up the main Beech Hill trail. Honestly, so foggy I didn’t think I’d get close to any decent bird photos. If in fact we I caught sight of any birds.

Right away I caught sight of several species moving around in the dim, drippy trees. And eventually I managed several pretty decent pics.

Supposed to be rainy tomorrow. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:58 a.m. EST (8:58 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-throated Sparrow**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay** (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. American Crow* (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Savannah Sparrow
14. Northern Flicker
15. Hermit Thrush
16. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

17. Herring Gull
18. European Starling

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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

†First-of-year

Poser

Thursday, September 7th, 2023
Hairy Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 September 2023.
Hairy Woodpecker.

Yet another warm, humid morning—albeit not quite as warm or humid as the past couple of days. Many more species than yesterday, including a few raptors, among them a first harrier since last spring (sign of early migration).

Several species posed for photos, too, but my favorite happened to be a woodpecker who posed for the last photo I took this day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:15 a.m. EST (8:15 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Gray Catbird (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Hermit Thrush
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. American Goldfinch** (v)
15. Northern Harrier
16. Osprey*
17. Sharp-shinned Hawk
18. Song Sparrow
19. Broad-winged Hawk
20. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

21. Herring Gull
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Mourning Dove
24. Mallard

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

†First-of-year

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)

Elsewhere

23. Herring Gull

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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