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Posts Tagged ‘indigo bunting’


Wednesday, May 31st, 2023
Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2023.
Common Yellowthroat.

Another Beech Hill hike without Jack-my-dog (again we walked from the house to the Wellness Trail later), which still seems extremely weird. However, a little excitement on the hill. For one thing, I counted thirty-six species today.

In reviewing this total later, I realized I’d skipped a number. However, I happened upon a blurry photo, quickly snapped, that showed a bird I could not identify. Checked with an expert ID friend, who pronounced it a female Indigo Bunting. Also got nice pics of a yellowthroat for a change and encountered a Snowshoe Hare.

Another sunny one forecast for tomorrow, but rain’s gonna come this weekend—and continue all the following week. (Frankly, we can use it.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:00 a.m. sun time (7:00 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe
5. Veery (v)
6. American Redstart* (v)
7. Blue Jay** (v)
8. American Goldfinch
9. Mourning Dove (v)
10. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
13. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
14. Pileated Woodpecker
15. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Eastern Towhee**
20. Common Yellowthroat**
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. Gray Catbird*
24. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
25. Yellow Warbler**
26. Song Sparrow**
27. Indigo Bunting†
28. Chipping Sparrow**
29. American Crow*
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
32. Scarlet Tanager (v)
33. American Robin* (v)
34. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
35. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
36. Brown-headed Cowbird


37. Mallard
38. Carolina Wren (v)
39. Herring Gull
40. Osprey (v)


Snowshoe Hare

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


Blue Birds

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Tree Swallow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2016.

Tree Swallow.

These blue-sky mornings, hiking with
my loyal dog, surrounded by
mosquitoes and black flies, I spy
a few noteworthy birds of blue.

Great Crested Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 May 2016.

Great Crested Flycatcher.

Bluebirds, of course—though none today—
and tree swallows, whose backs display
a silky sheen in daylight. Too,
occasionally, sky-blue jays.

This morning, though, I heard a bird—
emit a loud sharp spitting sound—
and just before it flew away
ID’d an Indigo Bunting.

Alas, no decent pictures, tho.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Redstart**
2. Ovenbird
3. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Blue Jay* (v)
6. American Goldfinch*
7. American Crow*
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Veery
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
12. Common Raven
13. Great Crested Flycatcher†
14. Tufted Titmouse**
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Gray Catbird*
17. Northern Cardinal* (v)
18. Mourning Dove*
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Red-bellied Woodpecker
21. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
22. Nashville Warbler (v)
23. Black-and-white Warbler
24. Northern Parula (v)
25. Wild Turkey (v)
26. White-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
27. Scarlet Tanager (v)
28. American Robin*
29. Field Sparrow (v)
30. Song Sparrow**
31. Brown Thrasher
32. Tree Swallow
33. Purple Finch
34. Savannah Sparrow
35. Eastern Kingbird
36. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
37. Pileated Woodpecker* (v)
38. Indigo Bunting†
39. Black-billed Cuckoo†
40. Downy Woodpecker (v)
41. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
42. Osprey (v)
43. Red-eyed Vireo (v)


44. Herring Gull
45. European Starling
46. Northern Flicker
47. Common Grackle
48. Rock Pigeon
49. Chimney Swift (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird



Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 July 2014.

Common Yellowthroat.

What a curious day. Warm, sunny, breezy early, but clouding over in afternoon. I had thought I’d go out cycling, but I checked the weather radar, and a patch of rain was fast approaching, so instead I went with Jack to Beech Hill—where birds were surprisingly vocal for the second straight day.

Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 July 2014.

Savannah Sparrow.

Lots of singing Savannah Sparrows again. Other sparrows, too, and a nuthatch, and four warblers. As we came up the trail and slowed so I could peer into a small opening surrounded by thicket, I noticed a small blue bird about ten feet away. Very small, and a solid, deep, lovely blue. An adult male Indigo Bunting. Before I had a chance to raise my camera, it flitted away round behind a bush. The sighting must’ve lasted all of two seconds, tops.

I’d never seen an Indigo Bunting up there before. (In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a male Indigo Bunting in spring plumage before.) It made the day for me—marred only by the lack of even a blurry photo. I’ll look again tomorrow.

Despite all their lively vocals, the birds were skittish, secretive, sneaky. I mainly only got glimpses between the leaves. Meanwhile, you could see the low clouds moving in—a scouting party for Tropical Storm Arthur, off-shore still well to our south. Just as we began our descent, it began to rain a little, but we made it down to the pickup before the rain became steady. It didn’t last long.

Tonight is cool and foggy and fragrant—the fragrance of a summer ocean.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:15, I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Purple Finch (v)
3. American Redstart
4. Cedar Waxwing
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Eastern Towhee (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
9. Ovenbird** (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
11. Gray Catbird
12. Song Sparrow**
13. Yellow Warbler (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat**
15. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
16. Indigo Bunting†
17. American Robin*
18. Northern Flicker
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Herring Gull*
21. Mourning Dove*
22. Black-capped Chickadee (v)


23. House Finch (v)
24. Northern Cardinal (v)
25. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
26. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird


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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