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Posts Tagged ‘house finch’


Friday, September 15th, 2023
Swainson’s Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 September 2023.
Swainson’s Thrush.

The temperature dipped into the 50s (F) overnight, and a stout breeze was blowing when dog and I headed up the wooded trail. Very few birds made themselves known at first—my list had only five or six species by the time we reached the summit—but one of them (I found out later) proved to be rather exciting.

Not until I looked at my photo of the Swainson’s Thrush did I recognize it. (I’d assumed it was a Hermit Thrush, one of which I’d seen shortly before.) I’ve encountered only a handful of the species at Beech Hill—usually, it seems, at about this season. This one turned out to be today’s highlight.

Tomorrow—for the first time in I cannot remember how long—we might not go hiking in the morning. There’s a tropical storm warning: We’re in the path of Hurricane Lee. Gonna be very wet and very windy. We shall see!

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:14 a.m. EST (8:14 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Hermit Thrush
4. Swainson’s Thrush
5. American Crow*
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Song Sparrow**
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Turkey Vulture
12. American Goldfinch
13. American Robin (v)
14. Blue Jay** (v)


15. Carolina Wren (v)
16. House Finch (v)
17. House Sparrow (v)
18. Herring Gull
19. Osprey
20. Rock Pigeon
21. Mallard

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


Cool in the Woods

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 August 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler.

When dog and I started up the wooded trail this morning, the temperature was in the 50s (F). Mostly sunny, and I knew this summer day would warm, but the coolness invigorated us both, I think. Also a few birds.

Before long, for instance, standing in one place, I added five woodpecker species to my early list. Near the top of the woods, I heard the loud, croaking calls of two ravens (first in weeks). At the end of our hike, I spied the first redstart in a while—and, for good measure, heard the unmistakable cry of an Osprey.

In other news, before our hike I heard a Carolina Wren in the woods at the edge of the yard, and afterward, I helped reintroduce a lost juvie robin to its parent(s). An all-around good day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:05 a.m. EST (8:05 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. American Goldfinch
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Black-and-white Warbler
13. Eastern Wood-pewee
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. Common Raven (v)
16. Alder Flycatcher (v)
17. Gray Catbird*
18. Cedar Waxwing
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Yellow Warbler (v)
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. American Robin*
24. Eastern Phoebe*
25. Broad-winged Hawk*
26. American Redstart
27. Osprey (v)


28. Carolina Wren
29. Mourning Dove
30. Herring Gull
31. Tufted Titmouse
32. House Finch

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


Quick Hike

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023
House Finch, Rockport, Maine, 25 July 2023.
House Finch.

Quick hike with our human and dog friends this warm, bright morning. Pretty quiet still—quieter than yesterday—what with all the young birds about. No great photos today—but it was a fun one.

But, back home, out on the west lawn, I got a photo of a House Finch.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:58 a.m. EST (7:58 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Eastern Phoebe (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Song Sparrow**
6. American Goldfinch
7. Ovenbird (v)
8. Hermit Thrush (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. American Crow*
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. American Robin*
15. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
16. Blue Jay (v)
17. Gray Catbird
18. Common Yellowthroat (v)
19. Field Sparrow (v)
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Yellow Warbler (v)
22. Alder Flycatcher (v)
23. Turkey Vulture
24. Purple Finch (v)


25. Northern Cardinal (v)
26. Herring Gull
27. House Finch
28. Wild Turkey


American Toad

(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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