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Posts Tagged ‘greater yellowlegs’

Red-eyed Vireo

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 August 2022.
Red-eyed Vireo.

Here’s a picture of a Red-eyed Vireo. It’s a common species in the spring and summer woodland trails I hike with dog each day. These vireos flit around fairly high in the canopy, where the hardwood leaves provide good cover, and it’s a challenge to get a decent photo.

Today, this one paused and posed.

Otherwise, an interesting hike: heard (then saw, in high flight) a Greater Yellowlegs; heard the first Pileated Woodpecker in a while; saw a bunch of later-summer dragonflies and butterflies. I lovely morning.

Looks like tomorrow morning we’ll be hiking in rain showers. Which is better than fine. (We need rain.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:32 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo**
6. Ovenbird
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Purple Finch
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Brown Creeper (v)
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Yellow Warbler (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)
20. American Robin (v)
21. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Tufted Titmouse
24. Greater Yellowlegs
25. Chestnut-sided Warbler

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


Fun Morning

Sunday, May 1st, 2022
Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04856.
Eastern Phoebe.

Had an eerie sense of déjà vu during my Beech Hill hike with Jack this early morning. As if caught between two times and places. After thousands of hikes up the hill over the years, we took a couple-three years off—and still I feel kind of caught in between Utah and Maine.

The trails were wider, the trailside underbrush cleared out. (No doubt this helps discourage black-legged ticks.) But after following all trails today, I felt I’d recollected all there is to know about the place. I’m sure that’s not entirely true—but still.

Thirty-two bird species. (Yay!) Among them many old familiar faces, beaks, eyes, habits. Could hardly stop searching—then admiring—whenever we’d hear the voice of a new bird.

A very fun morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:58 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Cardinal
2. Eastern Towhee
3. Chipping Sparrow
4. Turkey Vulture
5. American Crow
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. White-throated Sparrow (v)
10. Palm Warbler
11. Barn Swallow
12. Tree Swallow
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Savannah Sparrow
15. Song Sparrow
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
18. Herring Gull
19. Osprey (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Hairy Woodpecker
22. Pileated Woodpecker
23. Hermit Thrush
24. Greater Yellowlegs (v)
25. White-breasted Nuthatch
26. Brown Creeper
27. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
28. Downy Woodpecker (v)
29. Northern Flicker (v)
30. Canada Goose (v)
31. Broad-winged Hawk
32. Common Raven (v)


33. Rock Pigeon
34. European Starling

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

Tea time

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Eastern Towhee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 May 2015.

Eastern Towhee.

The towhees were singing this morning at Beech Hill. “Drink your tea!” all over the place. I put together a little video.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 May 2015.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

I also got a look (or listen) at three first-of-year species—including a Black-throated Green warbler, which was wholly unexpected and seemed kind of early, actually. Third warbler of the season.

Also got a nice look at a raven. Noticed a Great Blue Heron flying over only because it flashed a little shadow as it passed between me and the sun.

Sunny, a little breezy, warmer than it’s been in a while. I even went on an eighteen-mile bicycle ride this afternoon. Also a first of the year.

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

1. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
2. American Robin
3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
4. Bue Jay (v)
5. American Goldfinch** (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Red-winged Blackbird
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Mourning Dove* (v)
10. White-throated Sparrow
11. Greater Yellowlegs† (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Song Sparrow**
14. American Crow*
15. Herring Gull*
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Northern Cardinal** (v)
18. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
19. Tree Swallow
20. Northern Flicker** (v)
21. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
22. Great Blue Heron†
23. Savannah Sparrow
24. Common Raven
25. Downy Woodpecker
26. Pine Warbler (v)
27. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
28. Black-throated Green Warbler† (v)
29. Osprey


30. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
30. House Sparrow (v)
31. Northern Mockingbird
32. Rock Pigeon
33. Canada Goose

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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