30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘gray squirrel’

Wet Trails

Friday, June 17th, 2022
Black-and-white Warbler with a full beak, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 June 2022.
Black-and-white Warbler with a full beak.

Rained overnight, overcast this morning, and wet trails greeted dog and me as we headed up, a bit later than usual. Nobody else around at first. Plenty of birds, though, including most all the usual suspects.

Windy at the summit, small birds in the trees and large ones in the air. Among the large ones was an unseen raven, at least three vultures, and a Red-shouldered Hawk carrying what sure looked like a red squirrel. Also ran into some friendly acquaintances, which was nice

Alas, in the woods where the tanager sang the past couple days—nothing. I hope against hope we didn’t scare it off yesterday.

Best poser of the day: a very still Black-and-white Warbler, carrying food back to what is surely a nest full of fledglings.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:47 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Eastern Phoebe**
6. American Crow*
7. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. American Redstart (v)
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
12. American Goldfinch** (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Alder Flycatcher
16. Common Raven (v)
17. Yellow Warbler (v)
18. Eastern Towhee
19. Gray Catbird
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Prairie Warbler (v)
24. Common Yellowthroat (v)
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Red-shouldered Hawk
27. House Wren (v)
28. Tree Swallow
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Veery

Elsewhere

31. Mourning Dove
32. Herring Gull
33. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Stalking a Tanager

Thursday, June 16th, 2022
Silhouette of Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 June 2022.
Silhouette of Eastern Phoebe.

After hearing the song of a vagrant Summer Tanager yesterday, I wondered if I might hear the bird again this lovely June morning. And, sure enough, in the woodlands just below where I heard it yesterday, there it was again.

So I decided that dog and I would slip off trail to see, for the first time, the only fully red songbird in North America—and perhaps even snag a photo. [Note: I saw my very first Summer Tanager, a comely yellow female, a few weeks ago not far from this same spot.] Tell you what, it takes a lot to convince me to leave the trail into the realm of ticks and poison ivy.

We snuck toward the song and got quite near, but the bird seemed to be singing high in the canopy, with smaller leafy trees blocking my view. We moved slowly around for perhaps ten minutes, and it kept singing—until, suddenly, I heard my first real life alarm notes from this species. Decided to call off the search in hopes we hadn’t chased this fancy vagrant away.

Guess maybe we’ll find out tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:10 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. Eastern Phoebe*
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
8. Hermit Thrush (v)
9. Veery
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Brown Creeper (v)
12. American Crow*
13. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
14. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
15. Eastern Towhee
16. American Goldfinch**
17. Tufted Titmouse
18. Summer Tanager (v)
19. American Robin*
20. Alder Flycatcher
21. Gray Catbird
22. Chipping Sparrow (v)
23. Purple Finch
24. Prairie Warbler (v)
25. Field Sparrow
26. Tree Swallow
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Osprey
29. House Wren
30. Broad-winged Hawk
31. Cedar Waxwing
32. American Redstart (v)
33. Northern Parula (v)

Elsewhere

34. Herring Gull
35. House Sparrow
36. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Gray Squirrel
Meadow Vole

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

†First-of-year

Many birds

Sunday, June 12th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 12 Jun2 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

This morning dawned cool but warmed up quickly. Dog and I proceeded up the trail amid clouds of mosquitos and the voices of many birds.

Notable were Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-billed Cuckoo, a Common Loon in flight, a first-of-year Brown Thrasher, and a pair of vocal (first-of-year) Red-shouldered Hawks having some kind of relationship high in the sky.

I got quite a few photos, too—but I’ve decided to post the last one of our hike: a Hermit Thrush, posing near the trailhead.

Supposed to be showery tomorrow. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:47 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. Common Yellowthroat
4. Eastern Phoebe*
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. American Goldfinch**
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Veery
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. American Redstart**
14. Hairy Woodpecker
15. Northern Cardinal** (v)
16. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Gray Catbird
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
21. Scarlet Tanager (v)
22. Common Loon (v)
23. Song Sparrow**
24. Prairie Warbler (v)
25. Yellow Warbler
26. American Robin*
27. Tree Swallow
28. American Crow*
29. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
30. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
31. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
32. House Wren
33. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
34. Brown Thrasher†
35. Broad-winged Hawk
36. Red-shouldered Hawk†
37. Savannah Sparrow (v)
38. Hermit Thrush

Elsewhere

39. Mourning Dove

(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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