30 September 2022

Posts Tagged ‘eastern towhee’

Back on the Block

Thursday, September 29th, 2022
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 September 2022.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Had appointments this morning, my return hike to Beech Hill with dog didn’t happen until late morning. Didn’t expect too many bird species; didn’t encounter too many. However, I encountered a lot of birds.

Mainly that’s because of the numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers. (I settled on 30 individuals, but I believe that’s rather low.) Also had at least a dozen White-throated Sparrows—probably more like sixteen. And a goodly number of chickadees.

In just the five days were were on Monhegan, the color of the landscape has changed—much more yellowish, with reds in the fringes. It’s happening.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 11:14 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Cardinal** (v)
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. American Crow
5. Hermit Thrush
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
9. Gray Catbird (v)
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. American Robin (v)
13. Song Sparrow
14. Turkey Vulture
15. American Goldfinch (v)
16. Tufted Titmouse** (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Migratory Sparrows

Friday, September 23rd, 2022
White-throated Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 September 2022.
White-throated Sparrow.

This day was sunny and breeezy—a stout wind whipping our way from the west-northwest. I wasn’t sure what to expect, bird-wise (as is usually the case), but right away, I saw a White-crowned Sparrow. I only see that species on the hill during migration, so that was fun.

A Song Sparrow joined the white-crowned after a little while.

Down on the wooded trails, ticks are still lurking. Few bird species—but I did hear a vireo and a flicker. (The wind in the canopy dampened the voices of birds.)

Returning down the main trail, we encountered a handsome White-throated Sparrow. Nice. And tomorrow we venture to Monhegan Island. In high seas, apparently, thanks to a hurricane (thankfully far) offshore.

Will keep you posted.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:29 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. White-crowned Sparrow
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. Song Sparrow
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Blue Jay
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Sharp-shinned Hawk
11. American Goldfinch
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. White-throated Sparrow
14. Red-eyed Vireo (v)

Elsewhere

15. Northern Cardinal
16. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

American Red Squirrel
Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Farewell Summer

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022
Pileated Woodpecker (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2022.
Pileated Woodpecker (male).

Sometime overnight the clouds dispersed, making this last summer day a sunny one. Also chilly, but in a good way. Rather quiet overall—but one of the first bird species to appear provided some early excitement.

A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, tearing into a birch near the trailhead. They were excavating the heck out of that thing. And they had a couple exciting interactions, when the dominant bird chased the other around the tree a few times until it flew off to a new trunk nearby.

Three other woodpecker species, a couple of corvids, and a bunch of the usual suspects rounded out my last-day-of-summer list.

Bring it on, sweet autumn!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:38 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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

Elsewhere

18. Rock Pigeon
19. Herring Gull
20. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk
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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