27 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘herring gull’

Magical Place

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 May 2022.
Yellow Warbler.

Stayed up late last night, slept late-ish this morning. Captain Jack and I didn’t make it to the hill until about 8 o’clock sun time. Sunny and cool and breezy, didn’t think I’d list so many birds at the late hour—but turned out I matched yesterday’s total number of species.

No firsts-of-year, no lifers. Mostly the usual suspects (along with a calling Black-billed Cuckoo, a species I hope to catch sight of one day). Some posed, although my captures tended toward the plain.

Still, what a lovely morning, and what a magical place we get to hang out in every day, dog and me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:01 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler
3. Ovenbird**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Northern Cardinal** (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. American Crow*
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. Veery (v)
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Broad-winged Hawk
17. Eastern Towhee
18. American Redstart** (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Mourning Dove
22. Song Sparrow**
23. American Robin
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
25. Field Sparrow
26. Prairie Warbler (v)
27. Eastern Phoebe*
28. Downy Woodpecker (v)
29. Northern Parula (v)
30. Nashville Warbler (v)
31. Turkey Vulture*
32. Common Raven (v)
33. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
34. Northern Flicker (v)


35. Wild Turkey
36. Mallard
37. Herring Gull
38. European Starling

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


Foggy, Drippy

Saturday, May 21st, 2022
Northern Cardinal, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 May 2022.
Northern Cardinal in the wild.

Slept well enough last night that dog and I were a couple hours late to the trailhead. A foggy, drippy, luscious day. Many bird species were quieter than usual, but their numbers were high.

Most notable was a first-of-year Black-billed Cuckoo, whose voice came clearly from the bayberry tangles down the eastern slope.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:05 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
4. American Goldfinch*
5. Song Sparrow*
6. Black-throated Green Warbler* (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. Gray Catbird
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. Veery (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. American Redstart (v)
14. Northern Parula (v)
15. Black-capped Chickadee**
16. Nashville Warbler (v)
17. Wood Thrush (v)
18. American Crow* (v)
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
21. Yellow Warbler
22. Blue Jay
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. American Robin
25. Savannah Sparrow
26. Prairie Warbler (v)
27. Alder Flycatcher (v)
28. Black-billed Cuckoo† (v)
29. Tufted Titmouse (v)
30. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Brown Creeper
33. Northern Cardinal**
34. Eastern Phoebe*


35. Mallard
36. Herring Gull


Gray Squirrel

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


A Good Day

Friday, May 20th, 2022
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport,Maine, 20 May 2022.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

An overcast morning, calm and cool. Birds weren’t particularly vocal, so I wondered if the atmospheric conditions might keep this morning’s numbers down—but it turned out they were flitting all over the place.

Notable was a sapsucker that popped up as I was angling for photos of (I believe) a hummingbird. Three thrushes, nine warblers, two birds posing with nesting materials in their beaks (catbird and robin). One of the thrushes was a Prairie Warbler.

No first-of-years, but dog and I didn’t mind.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:05 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Ovenbird**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler* (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Northern Parula (v)
7. Northern Cardinal (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
11. Veery (v)
12. American Goldfinch*
13. American Redstart (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
16. Black-and-white Warbler
17. Common Yellowthroat (v)
18. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
19. Blue Jay
20. Hermit Thrush
21. Tufted Titmouse**
22. Song Sparrow*
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Common Raven
25. Field Sparrow
26. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
27. Prairie Warbler
28. Tree Swallow
29. American Robin
30. Savannah Sparrow
31. Nashville Warbler
32. Wood Thrush (v)
33. Eastern Bluebird


34. Pine Warbler
35. Herring Gull
36. Purple Finch
37. Canada Goose
38. Mallard

(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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