14 April 2024

Posts Tagged ‘field sparrow’

A Fine Morning

Friday, July 28th, 2023
Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 July 2023.
Gray Catbird.

Another warm, humid one. Brought plenty of water for Jack, but still his harsh panting worried me a bit after a while. He was fine, I was fine—and the bird species we encountered seemed fine, too.

Still pretty quiet, what with this year’s immature bird crop learning the ropes. More species than yesterday, though, and a decent portrait of a catbird.

(Supposed to rain tomorrow—but not until after our hiking hour.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:04 a.m. EST (8:04 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay
2. Black-throated Blue Warbler
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. Black-throated Green Warbler
5. American Goldfinch
6. Ovenbird
7. Tufted Titmouse
8. Hermit Thrush
9. Northern Flicker
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Eastern Wood-pewee
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Northern Cardinal
14. Brown Creeper
15. Hairy Woodpecker
16. White-breasted Nuthatch
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Gray Catbird
19. American Crow
20. Common Yellowthroat
21. Yellow Warbler
22. Song Sparrow
23. Mourning Dove
24. Field Sparrow
25. Cedar Waxwing
26. American Robin
27. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

28. Herring Gull
29. Wild Turkey
30. Eastern Phoebe

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

†First-of-year

The Need to Feed

Thursday, July 27th, 2023
American Robin (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 July 2023.
American Robin (juvie).

A gray overcast greeted dog and me as we headed over to the wooded trailhead. Warm but not too warm, humid but just the right amount of humidity. However, the woods were very quiet. Was this because of the barometric pressure? The overcast? The humidity? The time of year? Or did the quiet have something to do with all the new young birds flitting around in the thick foliage?

I’m thinking a combination of factors. but certainly the need to feed had something to do with it. All told, fewer birds than in many recent weeks, but a few bother to pose for photos—among them a juvie robin.

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

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Gray Catbird
10. American Robin*
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Alder Flycatcher (v)
13. Song Sparrow*
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Mourning Dove*
16. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
17. Yellow Warbler (v)
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Cedar Waxwing (v)
20. Chestnut-sided Warbler
21. Downy Woodpecker
22. Eastern Phoebe

Elsewhere

23. Herring Gull
24. Wild Turkey

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

†First-of-year

Summery Morn

Wednesday, July 26th, 2023
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 July 2023.
Yellow Warbler.

A surprise period of rain overnight left the trails damp this morning—which was not necessarily a bad thing, as the sun shone on dog and me as we started up the morning trail. Hiking conditions were warm and humid, and the our hike turned out to be pretty quiet, bird-wise.

But several did pose for photos, including a handsome Yellow Warbler in a birch tree.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Eastern Towhee
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
12. Ovenbird (v)
13. Gray Catbird*
14. American Robin*
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Song Sparrow**
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Mourning Dove*
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Northern Flicker (v)
23. Eastern Bluebird (v)
24. Hermit Thrush (v)
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Northern Cardinal** (v)

Elsewhere

27. Herring Gull
28. House Sparrow (v)

(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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