30 November 2022

Posts Tagged ‘field sparrow’

Misty

Tuesday, September 13th, 2022
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 September 2022.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

A foggy morning down here near sea level. Up on the hill, the blankets of mist lay below us, making the inland hills look like islands—a pretty amazing-looking landscape.

Birds were out and about, too. Ganging up (flickers), moving about (yellow-rumps, waxwings, crows), lurking (towhees, catbirds), vocalizing (nuthatches, chickadees, woodpeckers, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak). The equinox is near.

As is fall migration.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:49 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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

Elsewhere

20. Mourning Dove
21. Northern Cardinal (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Mini Fallout

Monday, September 5th, 2022
Northern Parula, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 September 2022.
Northern Parula.

The forecast was for rain pretty much all day. Up early to check the weather radar, noting that, although it’d rained at some point overnight, it wasn’t raining now. Radar showed no rain for a couple hours—so right away dog and I hit the trail.

Quiet, as I’d expected. Cool, fresh air, dramatic sky, but few bird species. Still a lovely morning.

On our return, only about a hundred yards from the truck, I noticed a bunch of little birds poking about in a couple hardwoods above the trail. First one I spotted was a Northern Parula. And for the next maybe ten minutes, Jack waited patiently while I stood there snapping photos of birds. Added eight species to my list during those minutes.

Not long after our return home, it began to rain. All day, pretty much—and pretty hard at times. Supposed to continue off and on until morning.

Real good to have the rain.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:59 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Wild Turkey
2. American Crow*
3. Veery (v)
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Eastern Towhee**
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Song Sparrow
8. American Goldfinch
9. Gray Catbird
10. Common Yellowthroat (v)
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
13. Hermit Thrush
14. Field Sparrow
15. Purple Finch (v)
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Northern Parula
18. Eastern Bluebird (v)
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Nashville Warbler
22. Alder Flycatcher
23. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

24. Carolina Wren (v)
25. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)
Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Sparrow

Sunday, September 4th, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 04 September 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

Another in a string of fair, cool mornings. When much of the rest of the country is suffering through heat waves and droughts and fires and flooding, dog and I are particularly lucky in these challenging days.

Plus, I had thirty bird species on my list today. Notable: a gull in the woods (?), first Hermit Thrush in a while, first Veery in a while, first Ovenbird in a while, first Savannah Sparrow in a while. The latter, in particular rather thrilled me.

What a lovely morning. To be followed by a day of rain—or so they say.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:40 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Crow
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker
5. Ovenbird
6. Herring Gull
7. Brown Creeper
8. Hermit Thrush
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Tufted Titmouse
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Veery
14. Gray Catbird
15. American Goldfinch
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Purple Finch
20. Common Yellowthroat
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Field Sparrow
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
25. Yellow Warbler
26. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
27. Eastern Phoebe
28. Blue Jay
29. Least Flycatcher
30. Northern Flicker

Elsewhere

31. Northern Cardinal
32. Carolina Wren

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

(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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