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Posts Tagged ‘eastern wood-pewee’

Sudden Abundance

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
First-day phoebe fledgling, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 June 2019.
First-day phoebe fledgling.

Early to the hill again, and again an embarrassment of species. Noteworthy was a Yellow-throated Vireo I heard calling just down from the summit. Also noteworthy were various fledglings—including a couple first-day Eastern Phoebe babies at the hut.

A male eastern bluebird sopped by the hill this early morning.
Male eastern bluebird.

Bluebirds abounded. Plenty of other species also. We’ve already got probably twice as many migratory birds as arrived here just a few weeks ago. And many more still will fly south come fall.

Rain tonight. A little tomorrow. Flooding is a rare challenge—but better too much rain than not enough.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail—and then some.

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Eastern Phoebe*
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Chipping Sparrow**
12. Mourning Dove* (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat**
15. Tree Swallow
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Veery (v)
18. Purple Finch
19. Northern Cardinal (v)
20. Herring Gull* (v)
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
24. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Northern Flicker (v)
27. Gray Catbird
28. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
31 Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
32. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
33. Nashville Warbler
34. Common Loon
35. Yellow-throated Vireo†
36. Field Sparrow


36. House Finch
37. Red-winged Blackbird

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

A Time of Shade

Monday, June 24th, 2019
Common Yellowthroat (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 June 2019.
Common Yellowthroat (male).

Summer is a time of shade. This morning dog and I got to the hill pretty early, after the sun had barely risen above the eastern canopy, now thick with new green leaves. The shadows were long, the light on the understory filtered and diffuse. The wild birds—with nestlings or fledglings or other secret business—lurked in shadow.

Whenever Jack and I moved into the shade, however, we were beset upon by mosquitoes. A dilemma: Do we hurry to the warm sun patches, where our fur or sweatshirt made us pant or sweat? Or do we linger in the cool of the shadows, where the action was.

Truth be told, we did a little of both.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail—and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Ovenbird
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Alder Flycatcher
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Song Sparrow
12. Nashville Warbler
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. American Goldfinch
15. Tree Swallow
16. Field Sparrow
17. Eastern Phoebe
18. American Crow
19. Blue Jay
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Yellow Warbler
22. Black-billed Cuckoo
23. Gray Catbird
24. Purple Finch
25. Eastern Wood-pewee
26. Black-capped Chickadee
27. Pileated Woodpecker
28. Downy Woodpecker
29. White-breasted Nuthatch
30. American Robin
31. Black-throated Green Warbler
32. American Redstart


33. Herring Gull
34. Northern Cardinal

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Tiny Fledgling

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
Chipping Sparrow fledgling (Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 June 2019.
Chipping Sparrow (fledgling 2019).

The youngsters are staring to drop. Doesn’t take long for an egg to be laid and a fledgling to leave the next. Which brings me to the thought that it’d do us great good if we can just disentangle ourselves from this whole process.

But of course we Homo sapiens just can’t resist pretending we’re rulers of the planet, can we.

Still, a little baby Chipping Sparrow resurrects hope and promise on a lovely summer day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin*
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. American Goldfinch**
4. American Redstart (v)
5. Chipping Sparrow
6. Cedar Waxwing
7. American Crow*
8. Veery (v)
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. Tree Swallow
11. Northern Cardinal
12. Alder Flycatcher (v)
13. Song Sparrow
14. Ovenbird (v)
15. Eastern Towhee (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Eastern Phoebe*
20. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
21. Yellow Warbler (v)
22. Eastern Wood-pewee** (v)
23. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
24. Gray Catbird (v)


25. Mourning Dove
26. Herring Gull
27. House Sparrow (v)
28. Red-winged Blackbird (v)

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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