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Posts Tagged ‘great blue heron’

Mini-Fallout No. 2

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022
Black-throated Green Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 September 2022.
Black-throated Green Warbler.

A morning similar to yesterday’s, but with no threat of rain. About 60° (F), breezy, dim, misty, with a cool breeze. We began our hike later than usual, dog and I, and I heard/saw few birds to start (although three Great Blue Herons in overflight was noteworthy). But after we’d covered about three-quarters of our route, things began picking up.

A vireo with two youngsters. A pair of gulls flying over. A kestrel in the summit, getting checked out by a hummingbird. Then—again, in a repeat of yesterday—as we approached the parking lot, we encountered a couple dozen birds, at least, flitting about the trees and trail.

Bunch of chippies. Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker. Eastern Phoebe. And a very active Black-throated Green Warbler.

I’ll take a hike like the past two any day, thank you.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:52 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. Gray Catbird**
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Crow*
5. Song Sparrow**
6. American Robin (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Great Blue Heron
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Mourning Dove
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker**
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch
13. Red-eyed Vireo
14. Herring Gull*
15. Cedar Waxwing (v)
16. American Kestrel
17. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
18. Chipping Sparrow
19. Downy Woodpecker
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Black-throated Green Warbler


22. Mallard
23. Wild Turkey
24. Rock Pigeon


Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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



Tuesday, July 26th, 2022
Eastern Wood-pewee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 July 2022.
Eastern Wood-pewee.

After the thundershowers of yesterday, things cooled off overnight. This morning was nearly cloudless when dog and I headed up the trail, and the air was a lot cooler than the past few. Plus, at the summit, a nice southwesterly breeze ruffed our hair. (Well, Jack’s, as I don’t have a lot left these days.)

Things started pretty slow, but took off eventually, with a nice number of species—including a Great Crested Flycatcher, a Nashville Warbler, and a Great Blue Heron flying out out toward the bay.

In short, we had a good time of it. With more summer fun to come.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:03 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Northern Cardinal* (v)
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. American Crow*
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch
12. Hermit Thrush
13. Tufted Titmouse
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Song Sparrow**
17. Gray Catbird
18. Chestnut-sided Warbler
19. Ovenbird (v)
20. Herring Gull*
21. Field Sparrow
22. Cedar Waxwing
23. Yellow Warbler
24. American Robin
25. Northern Flicker (v)
26. Blue Jay (v)
27. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
28. Nashville Warbler
29. Broad-winged Hawk
30. Eastern Phoebe
31. Great Blue Heron†
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Eastern Bluebird (v)
34. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)


35. Mourning Dove
36. House Sparrow

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



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

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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