4 October 2023

Posts Tagged ‘eastern phoebe’


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


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

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


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)


23. Herring Gull


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


They Grow Up So Fast

Saturday, August 26th, 2023
Eastern Towhee (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 August 2023.
Eastern Towhee (juvie).

A damp, overcast morning, with fog on the hill. Most birds on my list today were heard, not seen. The first—just as we began ascending, dog and I—turned out to be a group of turkeys, a pair of adults and many poults, leading us up the trail. Later, we encountered bunch of juvie towhees in the brushy fields, one of which posed for a quick photo.

Those bird empaths among us get a slight feel of urgency at this time of year, when the youngsters need to grow up in a hurry. (And they do.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:11 a.m. EST (8:11 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Wild Turkey*
3. Gray Catbird** (v)
4. American Goldfinch** (v)
5. Song Sparrow
6. Northern Cardinal** (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Yellow Warbler (v)
11. Eastern Phoebe
12. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
13. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
14. Brown Creeper (v)
15. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
16. Pileated Woodpecker (v)


17. Carolina Wren (v)
18. Mourning Dove
19. Herring Gull
20. Mallard
21. Osprey

(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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