24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘field sparrow’

Didn’t Rain

Tuesday, August 15th, 2023
Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2023.
Common Yellowthroat (female).

I prepared for light rain to fall throughout my hike with dog this morning, but it was not to be. Overcast, cool, incredibly calm, and a bit humid—but no precipitation until just a faint misting as we headed back to the truck.

Many of the usual suspects showed up, as expected. Waxwings continue to flutter through clouds of treetop flies. But he big news? It didn’t rain.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:53 a.m. EST (7:53 DST), I hiked all trails.

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


20. Wild Turkey
21. Herring Gull

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


Unseen Raven

Thursday, August 10th, 2023
Eastern Bluebird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 August 2023.
Eastern Bluebird (juvie).

Sunny and cool to start this morning, with a bit of haze in the air. Very slight breeze. The birds were still pretty quiet—except, notably, for a raven loudly testing its various calls unseen in a tree on a rise.

Never saw the raven, but I got to see waxwings in a fly hatch again, and got a nice pic of a juvie bluebird.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:54 a.m. EST (7:54 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. American Crow*
3. American Goldfinch
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler
6. Common Raven (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Gray Catbird
9. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
10. Eastern Wood-pewee
11. American Robin*
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Eastern Bluebird
15. White-breasted Nuthatch
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Barn Swallow
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Eastern Phoebe
20. Hermit Thrush


21. Northern Cardinal (v)
22. Mourning Dove

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


Fine Light

Saturday, July 29th, 2023
Veery (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 July 2023.
Veery (juvie).

Another warm and humid one, but with a bit more breeze. A mostly clear sky early, with fine light for photos. The birds were cooperative enough that I managed a few decent shots—including a fair pic of a juvenile Veery.

Notable was a one hummingbird near the summit—and a quick tramp down the Erickson Fields trail, which had cooler temps and more shade.

It’s raining as I write this, which should lessen the humidity tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:56 a.m. EST (7:56 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Hermit Thrush (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Ovenbird
5. Veery
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. Eastern Wood-pewee
12. Gray Catbird**
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Black-throated Green Warbler
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. American Crow*
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. Turkey Vulture
24. Mourning Dove* (v)
25. Purple Finch (v)
26. Northern Cardinal** (v)
27. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
28. American Robin*
29. Chestnut-sided Warbler


30. Herring Gull

(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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