18 May 2024

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Fun in the Rain

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023
Red-eyed Vireo juvies, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 August 2023.
Red-eyed Vireo juvies.

Was supposed to be rainy this morning, but it was only overcast, to start. Despite the wetness, dog and I encountered more bird species than the past couple-three hikes. Quiet though it was, I saw but a small percentage of ’em; the rest I heard. Noteworthy was the voice of a Great Crested Flycatcher— and the same Pileated Woodpecker I heard yesterday when we arrived.

Later, in a light rain, we came upon a little family of vireos flitting about in the canopy, an adult scrambling to feed a few rather demanding young ’uns. Even got a half-way decent photo, as proof.

Tomorrow’s supposed to be sunny, breezy, and cool.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:06 a.m. EST (8:06 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Gray Catbird
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Mourning Dove* (v)
6. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Song Sparrow
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Cedar Waxwing (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. American Crow* (v)
14. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
15. Red-eyed Vireo
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Eastern Bluebird
18. Downy Woodpecker (v)
19. Herring Gull (v)


20. Northern Cardinal (v)

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


The Need to Feed

Thursday, July 27th, 2023
American Robin (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 July 2023.
American Robin (juvie).

A gray overcast greeted dog and me as we headed over to the wooded trailhead. Warm but not too warm, humid but just the right amount of humidity. However, the woods were very quiet. Was this because of the barometric pressure? The overcast? The humidity? The time of year? Or did the quiet have something to do with all the new young birds flitting around in the thick foliage?

I’m thinking a combination of factors. but certainly the need to feed had something to do with it. All told, fewer birds than in many recent weeks, but a few bother to pose for photos—among them a juvie robin.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:56 a.m. EST (7:56 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Gray Catbird
10. American Robin*
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Alder Flycatcher (v)
13. Song Sparrow*
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Mourning Dove*
16. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
17. Yellow Warbler (v)
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Cedar Waxwing (v)
20. Chestnut-sided Warbler
21. Downy Woodpecker
22. Eastern Phoebe


23. Herring Gull
24. Wild Turkey

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



Wednesday, July 5th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 July 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler (male).

A warm and sunny morning for a change, leading to a warmer late morning and midday. During my daily hike with dog, it seemed everywhere I looked I saw birds with bills full of insects. Hungry fledglings all over the place.

Plenty of birds were singing, also, voicing their territorial claims. A particular Black-and-white Warbler stopped singing and posed for a photo.

Warm again tomorrow, so they say. I expect similar bird behavior on the hill.

(In late afternoon, I hiked with a friend up Ragged Mountain and heard the hoots of a Barred Owl.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:01 a.m. EST (7:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. Eastern Phoebe (v)
4. American Goldfinch
5. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
6. Pileated Woodpecker (drumming)
7. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
8. Wood Thrush** (v)
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
10. Veery**
11. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. Blue Jay (v)
14. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Song Sparrow*
17. American Robin*
18. Hermit Thrush
19. Eastern Bluebird
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. American Crow*
22. Gray Catbird*
23. Northern Flicker
24. Yellow Warbler**
25. Eastern Towhee
26. Alder Flycatcher (v)
27. Prairie Warbler (v)
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
30. Great Crested Flycatcher* (v)
31. Red-winged Blackbird** (v)
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Mourning Dove**
34. Black-and-white Warbler
35. American Redstart


36. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
37. Herring Gull
38. Chipping Sparrow (v)
39. Barred Owl (v)

(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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