26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘great blue heron’


Saturday, June 8th, 2019

As June commences, the resident birds begin to hunker down. First arrivals are all about attracting mates and establishing territory. By now, though, birds have begun creating nests, sitting on eggs, even feeding nestlings. Thus, not so vocal or willing to show themselves.

Still, persistence pays off.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. American Redstart (v)
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Veery (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
9. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Gray Catbird
12. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
13. American Goldfinch
14. Nashville Warbler (v)
15. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
16. Hermit Thrush
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
19. American Crow*
20. Black-capped Chickadee
21. Tufted Titmouse (v)
22. Song Sparrow**
23. Eastern Phoebe*
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. Tree Swallow
26. Yellow Warbler
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Common Raven
29. Broad-winged Hawk
30. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
31. Northern Flicker (v)


32. Herring Gull
33. Rock Pigeon
34. House Sparrow
35. Great Blue Heron
36. Double-crested Cormorant

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

Apple Blossoms

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
Cedar Waxwings eating apple blossom petals, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 June 2019.
Cedar Waxwings eating apple blossom petals.

It’s apple blossom season. That usually means a flock or two of waxwings showing up randomly—as they did in the early overcast, post-showers time of this day.

Waxwings love apple blossom petals.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Common Yellowthroat**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler
6. American Redstart
7. Veery (v)
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. American Goldfinch
10. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
11. Gray Catbird*
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)
13. Hermit Thrush (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
15. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
16. Nashville Warbler (v)
17. Eastern Wood-pewee
18. Least Flycatcher (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
21. Eastern Towhee
22. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (wingbeats)
23. Field Sparrow
24. Song Sparrow
25. Tree Swallow
26. Eastern Phoebe*
27. American Crow*
28. Eastern Kingbird
29. Chipping Sparrow
30. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
31. Cedar Waxwing
32. Yellow Warbler
33. American Robin (v)
34. Downy Woodpecked
35. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
36. Northern Cardinal** (v)


37. House Finch (v)
38. Herring Gull
39. Great Blue Heron
40. Mourning Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voiceo nly elsewhere

Chilly Days

Monday, May 13th, 2019
Nashville Warbler, Beech HIll Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2019.
Nashville Warbler.

Chilly this morning. Forties (F)—and a cold night forecast for tonight, along with possible snow tomorrow. Latest coldest high temps ever, thanks to anthropogenic climate change.

Bald Eagle (adult), Beech HIll Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2019.
Bald Eagle (adult).

But the birds seem happy. Three more first-of-year species today (Yellow Warbler, Veery, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak). Plus, I shocked myself by getting a photo of the elusive Nashville Warbler.

Tomorrow should be interesting.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. American Robin
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Hermit Thrush (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler
6. Herring Gull*
7. Nashville Warbler
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Common Yellowthroat (v)
11. Gray Catbird*
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Yellow Warbler† (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Northern Cardinal**
16. American Goldfinch**
17. Turkey Vulture*
18. Veery† (v)
19. White-throated Sparrow (v)
20. Blue-headed Vireo
21. Northern Parula (v)
22. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Tree Swallow
25. Bald Eagle
26. Eastern Phoebe
27. American Kestrel
28. Chipping Sparrow**
29. Rose-breasted Grosbeak†
30. Common Raven
31. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


32. Great Blue Heron
33. House Finch
34. Blue Jay

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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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