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Fox Sparrows

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022
Fox Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 November 2022.
Fox Sparrow.

Dawn this morning came little later than yesterday, and much brighter. Nearly cloudless, with angular sun spreading through the now-mostly-ochre wooded Beech Hill trails. Didn’t know what to expect, bird-wise.

And had a couple nice surprises. Most exciting: a pair of Fox Sparrows that appeared just about where I’d last seen some several years ago (but in spring). Recognized ’em right away.

Also had a bunch of thrushes—robins and bluebirds—a random gull, and three woodpecker species.

It was a quick hike (had an early appointment) but a very satisfying one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:02 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Purple Finch (v)
2. American Robin
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Tufted Titmouse
9. Herring Gull*
10. Fox Sparrow†
11. Downy Woodpecker
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. White-throated Sparrow (v)
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Blue Jay** (v)
16. Northern Flicker (v)


17. Northern Cardinal
18. House Sparrow (v)
19. Ring-billed Gull


Eastern Chipmunk
American Red Squirrel

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



Friday, March 29th, 2019

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

Song Sparrow, Rockport, Maine, 29 March 2019.
Song Sparrow.

Drizzly morning, little breeze, sparrows everywhere.

Mostly juncos, but many song sparrows, a white-throat, and a fox. Also several other species—flock of redpolls, fighting male bluebirds, robins galore.

Possible drizzle again tomorrow. Likely more sparrows, too.

1. Northern Cardinal* (v)
2. Dark-eyed Junco*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Robin*
5. American Crow*
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Common Redpoll
9. Fox Sparrow (v)
10. Song Sparrow* (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. White-breasted Nuthatch**
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Herring Gull*


16. Mourning Dove (v)
17. Rock Pigeon
18. White-throated Sparrow
19. Wild Turkey
20. European Starling

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Fox Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 October 2018.

Fox Sparrow.

The sparrow influx continues. This drizzly morning—which followed a wild, wind-whipped, rainy night—brought five sparrow species (along with nine others). Most exciting was the Fox Sparrow that greeted us both on ascent and descent. It’s been a few years since I’ve encountered one of those up there.

Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 October 2018.

Savannah Sparrow.

A chilly, misty morning, but well worth the hike with dog.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin*
2. Song Sparrow
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. American Crow*
6. Common Raven
7. Northern Flicker
8. Fox Sparrow
9. Savannah Sparrow
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. White-throated Sparrow
12. American Goldfinch
13. Dark-eyed Junco*
14. Tufted Titmouse


15. House Finch
16. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Downy Woodpecker (v)
18. Mourning Dove
19. European Starling
20. 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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