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Hawk and Such

Sunday, August 28th, 2022
Broad-winged Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 August 2022.
Broad-winged Hawk.

Another lovely morning hike—a fair morning this day, with cool temps and fragrant air. A good selection of birds, including a couple warblers, a couple woodpeckers, a couple nuthatches, and a hawk.

I only got a glimpse of the hawk through a window in the summit spruces, and the first thing I noticed was its sideburns, and I thought I might have one of only a few peregrines I’ve ever seen on the hill. Only later, after I took a close look at the photos (and then checked in with a bird ID expert pal) did I realize it was not a falcon at all. Turned out to be a Broad-winged Hawk—the commonest hawk in Beech Hill Preserve.

Still I neat sighting though. (So that’s why it was so quiet up there for a change!)

(Earlier, at home, I heard the Carolina Wren again. Love that sound.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:21 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. American Goldfinch** (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Tufted Titmouse**
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Gray Catbird
14. Cedar Waxwing
15. Chestnut-sided Warbler
16. American Redstart
17. Common Yellowthroat (v)
18. Broad-winged Hawk
19. Song Sparrow
20. American Robin
21. Herring Gull*
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
24. Ruby-throated Hummingbird


25. Carolina Wren (v)
26. Northern Cardinal (v)
27. Mourning Dove

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


Fly Hatch

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022
Cedar Waxwings in a fly hatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 August 2022.
Cedar Waxwings in a fly hatch.

A bit of a late start this overcast morning, thinking it might get bright enough for photos eventually. Dim it was, and pretty quiet up the wooded trails, but things got interesting at the summit again.

House Finch was new. Another oriole (which I didn’t frankly notice until I saw the photo many hours later). Bluebirds. Big birds—osprey, gull, vulture. But most exciting was probably the big ol’ fly hatch in the summit spruce grove, which had waxwings (and bluebirds) going nuts. Also a nice chat with some friends.

I’d repeat this hike. It was a good ’un.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:53 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Hermit Thrush (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Northern Cardinal** (v)
11. Gray Catbird
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Song Sparrow
15. Baltimore Oriole
16. House Wren (v)
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Eastern Wood-pewee
19. Downy Woodpecker (v)
20. House Finch
21. American Robin
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Herring Gull*
25. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
26. Yellow Warbler (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Osprey
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)


31. Mourning Dove

(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


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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