24 March 2023

Posts Tagged ‘house sparrow’

Fox Sparrows

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022
Fox Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 November 2022.
Fox Sparrow.

Dawn this morning came little later than yesterday, and much brighter. Nearly cloudless, with angular sun spreading through the now-mostly-ochre wooded Beech Hill trails. Didn’t know what to expect, bird-wise.

And had a couple nice surprises. Most exciting: a pair of Fox Sparrows that appeared just about where I’d last seen some several years ago (but in spring). Recognized ’em right away.

Also had a bunch of thrushes—robins and bluebirds—a random gull, and three woodpecker species.

It was a quick hike (had an early appointment) but a very satisfying one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:02 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Purple Finch (v)
2. American Robin
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Tufted Titmouse
9. Herring Gull*
10. Fox Sparrow†
11. Downy Woodpecker
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. White-throated Sparrow (v)
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Blue Jay** (v)
16. Northern Flicker (v)


17. Northern Cardinal
18. House Sparrow (v)
19. Ring-billed Gull


Eastern Chipmunk
American Red Squirrel

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



Tuesday, July 26th, 2022
Eastern Wood-pewee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 July 2022.
Eastern Wood-pewee.

After the thundershowers of yesterday, things cooled off overnight. This morning was nearly cloudless when dog and I headed up the trail, and the air was a lot cooler than the past few. Plus, at the summit, a nice southwesterly breeze ruffed our hair. (Well, Jack’s, as I don’t have a lot left these days.)

Things started pretty slow, but took off eventually, with a nice number of species—including a Great Crested Flycatcher, a Nashville Warbler, and a Great Blue Heron flying out out toward the bay.

In short, we had a good time of it. With more summer fun to come.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:03 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Northern Cardinal* (v)
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. American Crow*
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch
12. Hermit Thrush
13. Tufted Titmouse
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Song Sparrow**
17. Gray Catbird
18. Chestnut-sided Warbler
19. Ovenbird (v)
20. Herring Gull*
21. Field Sparrow
22. Cedar Waxwing
23. Yellow Warbler
24. American Robin
25. Northern Flicker (v)
26. Blue Jay (v)
27. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
28. Nashville Warbler
29. Broad-winged Hawk
30. Eastern Phoebe
31. Great Blue Heron†
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Eastern Bluebird (v)
34. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)


35. Mourning Dove
36. House Sparrow

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



Saturday, July 9th, 2022
Cedar Waxwing, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 July 2022.
Cedar Waxwing.

An earlier hike this morning. Temps in the low 60s (F) to start, and a little breeze down in the woodlands. Birds were a little quiet, what with all their secret young ’uns. Took the lower trail and followed a Veery for a hundred yards or more. Finally emerged into the edge realm, and then the open barrens, where my count more than doubles.

Notable was a bird I didn’t list at the time but discovered when viewing photos tonight: a Blue-headed Vireo in a spruce in the grove at the summit. Perhaps more notable was a Cedar Waxwing posing regally atop a dead snag. And on our return, a singing Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:17 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. American Crow*
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. American Goldfinch
7. Veery**
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. Hermit Thrush
12. Northern Flicker
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. American Robin
15. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler
18. Field Sparrow
19. Song Sparrow**
20. Eastern Towhee
21. Gray Catbird
22. Purple Finch
23. Herring Gull*
24. Downy Woodpecker
25. Prairie Warbler (v)
26. Blue-headed Vireo
27. Red-breasted Nuthatch
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. Cedar Waxwing
30. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
31. Chipping Sparrow (v)
32. Eastern Phoebe
33. Yellow Warbler (v)
34. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
35. Rose-breasted Grosbeak


36. Northern Cardinal
37. House Sparrow

(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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