18 May 2024

Posts Tagged ‘European starling’

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


17. Herring Gull
18. European Starling


Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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



Monday, September 18th, 2023
Blue Headed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 September 2023.
Blue Headed Vireo.

Overcast, breezy, and chilly this morning when dog and I started up the open trail. Birds were about—more than in recent days—and clearly many looked to be migrants.

Notable was the dearth of species in the wooded trails until we happened upon a little gathering of vocal chickadees. Sure enough, in the leafy canopy above them, flitted nice selection of species—vireos, titmice, nuthatches. Heard flicker and Pileated Woodpecker. A blue-headed vireo even posed for a photo.

Rain tonight, clearing tomorrow. Soon the fun begins.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:34 a.m. EST (8:34 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Pileated Woodpecker* (v)
2. Eastern Towhee (v)
3. Eastern Wood-pewee
4. American Goldfinch
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. American Robin (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Northern Flicker**
11. Gray Catbird (v)
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Tufted Titmouse
16. Chestnut-sided Warbler
17. Hermit Thrush
18. Blue-headed Vireo
19. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
20. Song Sparrow


21. Carolina Wren (v)
22. Mourning Dove
23. Herring Gull
24. European Starling
25. Belted Kingfisher

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



Friday, June 30th, 2023
White-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2023.
White-breasted Nuthatch.

Another foggy morning. How many is that in a row for dog and me? Five? Seven? Eight? And each morning’s atmosphere seems thicker than the last.

However, I’ve managed, somehow, to keep a decent species list all those days. And get a few bird photos. Most noteworthy today was the sound, in the foggy woodland, of a Pine Warbler. Also a pair of nuthatch species for a change. And the Northern Parula’s still hanging around down by the road.

So unhappy about the spread of beech leaf disease on Beech Hill, meanwhile. This blight came on suddenly and things don’t look good. But Nature’s always changing things, so who knows.

More fog tomorrow? Who knows?

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

1. Ovenbird**
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Veery**
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
7. Pine Warbler (v)
8. Hermit Thrush (v)
9. American Crow* (v)
10. American Goldfinch
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Gray Catbird*
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Yellow Warbler (v)
15. Song Sparrow
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Savannah Sparrow (v)
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Purple Finch (v)
20. American Redstart
21. White-breasted Nuthatch**
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Northern Parula (v)
24. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
25. Red-breasted Nuthatch
26. Blue Jay (v)
27. Eastern Bluebird
28. Eastern Phoebe*
29. Tufted Titmouse (v)
30. American Robin
31. Black-capped Chickadee
32. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
33. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)


34. Mallard
35. Osprey (v)
36. European Starling


American Red Squirrel

(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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