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Ragged Revisited

Saturday, June 24th, 2023
Red-winged Blackbird, Snow Bowl, Camden, Maine, 24 June 2023.
Red-winged Blackbird.

Again Jack and I hiked the Ragged Mountain Snow Bowl trails with our best dog and human friends. Warm again but not as bright, with rain in the late-morning forecast. Not the number of bird species as last time, but still a fun hike in a different place with a lot going on.

Saw my first bluebird fledgling up there perched on a lift cable. Also a starling clearly nesting somewhere up there among the gears.

Tomorrow it’ll be back to Beech Hill, but we’ll hit the mountain again soon, I bet.

(An alphabetized list again.)

Camden Snow Bowl Trails List
Starting at 6:48 a.m. EST (7:48 DST), I hiked some Camden Snow Bowl trails.

1. Alder Flycatcher
2. American Goldfinch
3. American Redstart (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Baltimore Oriole (v)
6. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Cedar Waxwing
9. Chipping Sparrow (v)
10. Common Yellowthroat (v)
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
15. European Starling
16. Great Crested Flycatcher
17. Least Flycatcher (v)
18. Mourning Dove** (v)
19. Ovenbird (v)
20. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
21. Red-winged Blackbird
22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
24. Scarlet Tanager (v)
24. Song Sparrow*
25. Tree Swallow
26. Tufted Titmouse (v)
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Wild Turkey
29. Yellow Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

30. Mallard
31. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
32. American Crow

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Juvie Woodpecker

Thursday, June 1st, 2023
Hairy Woodpecker (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 June 2023.
Hairy Woodpecker (juvie).

Circumstances had me hiking Beech Hill twice this morning: once, briefly, early, and another hike of all trails in late morning. (Between I had a hike with Jack-my-dog and our human and doggie friends on the Community Wellness Trail.) Birds were out during both hikes—fewer in the late-morning heat (it got to 80° (F) today), but that’s also when the most interesting sighting occurred.

I’d heard the wild cheeping in the same location on a couple of earlier hikes but could never track down the source. Today I did: a juvenile Hairy Woodpecker. That little bird (or, possibly, multiple youngsters taking turns sticking their heads out of the nest cavity) made a lot of noise. Saw an adult (male) offer a quick bite only once, no doubt because of my presence.

Otherwise just a lovely (warm) day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m. sun time (7:45 DST), and resuming at 9:14 (10:14), I hiked all trails—and then some.

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

Elsewhere

37. Black-throated Blue Warbler
38. Northern Parula
39. Herring Gull
40. Osprey
41. Red-breasted Nuthatch
42. European Starling

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

†First-of-year

Cuckoo

Thursday, May 25th, 2023
Black-billed Cuckoo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 May 2023.
Black-billed Cuckoo (first of year).

A bright, chilly morning with a breeze. Upper 40s (F) to start, so I wore my birding hoodie—a smooth move. Wild birds, however, seemed relatively undaunted by the fact that the breeze was northeasterly, and dog and I had a nice hike.

That said, I had relatively few photo opportunities for much of our nature walk, which was a tad frustrating. Then, during our return, a long dark bird flitted across the hedgy trail ahead of us. It turned out to be my first Black-billed Cuckoo of the year. And the cuckoo stayed at its perch long enough for me to sneak up and get a few close photos of this handsome bird’s upper half.

Also noteworthy: a flushed woodcock, a vocal Least Flycatcher, and—at home—a fox carrying a deceased gray squirrel across the lawn.

Ah, spring!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:11 a.m. sun time (7:11 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. American Redstart**
5. Eastern Phoebe**
6. Blue Jay (v)
7. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
8. Hermit Thrush (v)
9. American Goldfinch
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Common Yellowthroat (v)
15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
16. American Woodcock
17. Veery
18. Song Sparrow**
19. American Crow*
20. Yellow Warbler (v)
21. Field Sparrow
22. Least Flycatcher (v)
23. American Robin
24. Alder Flycatcher (v)
25. Scarlet Tanager (v)
26. Chipping Sparrow
27. Purple Finch (v)
28. Eastern Bluebird
29. Herring Gull*
30. Tufted Titmouse (v)
31. Brown-headed Cowbird
32. Northern Parula (v)
33. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
34. Black-billed Cuckoo†
35. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
36. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
37. Wood Thrush (v)

Elsewhere

38. Pine Warbler (v)
39. European Starling

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel (live one)
Red Fox

(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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