2 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘house finch’


Friday, August 12th, 2022
Raven flyby, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 August 2022.
Raven flyby.

Gotta admit, I love ravens. Smart birds, with a language of their own—croaks, and wails and baby-like cries and liquid sounds like water. There’s a nest somewhere near where Jack and I hike each day. Used to be just on the other side of Beech Hill Road, but I think it’s moved east a ways.

Today I heard a raven’s croak early in our hike, but didn’t see the bird (or another member of its family) until later. In flight. Croaking. Communicating with a distant relative.

Otherwise, a lovely hike—mostly sunny, with cool, dry [too dry] air and enough birds to keep my jumping. Including young waxwings learning how to pluck flies from a hatch atop the spruce grove.

Yep, we need rain. Will have some eventually—but maybe not tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Blue Jay
2. American Crow
3. American Goldfinch
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Ovenbird
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. Brown Creeper
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Northern Parula
11. American Redstart
12. Tufted Titmouse
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. American Robin
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Alder Flycatcher
17. Common Raven
18. Red-breasted Nuthatch
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Gray Catbird
21. Yellow Warbler
22. House Finch
23. Song Sparrow
24. Herring Gull
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Eastern Phoebe
27. Northern Cardinal


28. Osprey

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



Wednesday, August 10th, 2022
Baltimore Oriole (fem.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 August 2022.
Baltimore Oriole (fem.).

A mostly cloudy hike this morning, and cool, with a tiny bit of breeze. Truly a lovely hike with dog—and anxious-seeming birds.

They know the photoperiod is shortening, and it won’t be long before migration beckons, and they’re flitting around, snatching up caterpillars, or flies, or grasshoppers—and/or berries.

One of the species I saw this morning is notable: a Baltimore Oriole. I’ve encountered the species three times in the past few days, and always (I’m pretty sure) poking about in the same few trees. I don’t see orioles often on the hill, so this has been pretty fun.

Also had a Northern Parula—and a first-of-year Canada Warbler.

Fun times ahead.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. American Crow**
4. Veery (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. American Robin*
7. Gray Catbird
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Canada Warbler†
13. Eastern Wood-pewee
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
16. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
17. Northern Parula
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Alder Flycatcher (v)
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
22. Eastern Phoebe*
23. Baltimore Oriole
24. Cedar Waxwing
25. Least Flycatcher (v)
26. Northern Flicker
27. Song Sparrow**
28. Northern Cardinal*
29. Mourning Dove*
30. House Finch
31. White-throated Sparrow (v)

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


A Walk in the Rain

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
American Redstart (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 August 2022.
American Redstart (female).

I was prepared for a little rain this morning, but the early weather radar showed that most precipitation was sliding off toward the north. One approaching shower could possibly graze us—but I didn’t mind.

Turns out the shower did graze us, but not for about a half hour. Meantime, the birds were shy, the woods were dark, and the air was cool. Pretty lovely, actually. When the shower did come, it turned into one of the most luscious hikes I can remember. Protected by the thick canopy, yet present for the soothing sound of the rain… Hard to describe. Just wonderful.

And after the rain let up, birds emerged—oriole, woodcock, raven, first restart in a good while.

Was looking forward to sweet rain all week, as forecast, but it seems the forecast has changed. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:37 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Hermit Thrush
3. American Crow* (v)
4. Gray Catbird**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Eastern Wood-pewee
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Brown Creeper (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. American Robin*
11. Cedar Waxwing
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. Baltimore Oriole
14. Song Sparrow**
15. Northern Flicker (v)
16. House Finch
17. Mourning Dove*
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Common Raven (v)
20. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
21. American Woodcock
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler
23. American Redstart
24. Black-throated Green Warbler
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)


27. Northern Cardinal

(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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