14 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Solitary Morning

Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 July 2019
Song Sparrow.

Cool, breezy, sunny, birdy. What a lovely morning—complete with familiar voices. Birds were all over the place (young and old), so I wasn’t hurting for photographs.

We had ourselves the run of the hill this morning, oddly. Where were all the early Sunday morning hikers I’m accustomed to seeing? It was weird.

But that left more birds to pay attention to. A couple of minor oddities: Red-winged Blackbird in flight, and the voice of a (migrating?) Ruby-crowned kinglet. Many, many juveniles.

Dewy blueberries, too.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Robin*
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Chipping Sparrow*
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
9. Ovenbird (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
15. Mourning Dove* (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
17. Northern Flicker (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow (v)
19. Herring Gull*
20. Common Raven (v)
21. American Goldfinch**
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Purple Finch (v)
25. Gray Catbird**
26. Northern Cardinal** (c)
27. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

28. European Starling
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Osprey

v = Voice only
*Also elsehwere
**VOice only elsewhere

Juvie Bluebirds

Friday, July 26th, 2019
Juvie bluebirds, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine.
Juvie bluebirds.

A cool, cloudless morning. Dog and I arrived at the hill in time to hear the sounds of early bird species awakening—and, later, the music of later sleepers. A couple of oddballs (including a Song Sparrow that began its tune with two clear, ringing notes of differing pitches.

My favorite of the day, though, were the juvie bluebirds.

Beech Hill List
Beinning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. American Crow*
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Song Sparrow
8. American Goldfinch
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. Gray Catbird*
12. Eastern Phoebe*
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Ovenbird (v)
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. Mourning Dove* (v)
17. Purple Finch (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse**
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Eastern Bluebird
21. Blue Jay (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow*
23. Common Raven (v)
24. Yellow Warbler (v)
25. Northern Cardinal (v)

Elsewhere

26. Herring Gull*
27. Rock Pigeon
28. Osprey
29. Broad-winged Hawk

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

Bluebirds

Thursday, July 25th, 2019
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 July 2019.
Eastern Bluebird .

This morning was a morning of catbirds and bluebirds. Catbirds mewing everywhere under the cool early overcast. And bluebirds fluttering around the summit in high numbers.

The bluebirds upstaged the catbirds, in fact, as gangs of five or six—adults and youngsters—fluttered and called together, practicing high flight and (perhaps) plucking flies from mid-air.

One adult male even stopped to pose against the blue bay.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Song Sparrow**
9. Northern Cardinal** (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow*
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Herring Gull*
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Yellow Warbler (v)
15. Mourning Dove*
16. American Goldfinch**
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Eastern Phoebe*
19. Eastern Bluebird

Elsewhere

20. Rock Pigeon
21. Great Black-backed Gull

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

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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