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Posts Tagged ‘killdeer’

Nice Surprises

Monday, August 1st, 2022
Least Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 August 2022.
Least Flycatcher.

Well, wasn’t this morning’s a fun birding excursion. Dog and I hit the trail kind of early—same time as yesterday, pretty much—but things seemed awfully quiet to start. Then, as we approached the edge between woodlands and open fields, all heaven broke loose.

Heard (and saw) Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Flushed a couple of turkeys. Then at the little summit spruce grove, where a fly hatch was going on, a couple unexpected species showed up. Most notably, a little group of orioles (first of year). But also a solitary Least Flycatcher, which must’ve been having a field day up there.

Also, at one point, I heard a Killdeer fly overhead. Random.

Random, but really cool.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:14 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. American Crow*
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
6. Mourning Dove* (v)
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Hermit Thrush (v)
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse
12 White-breasted Nuthatch**
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Wild Turkey
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Gray Catbird
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Song Sparrow
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. American Robin
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
25. Baltimore Oriole†
26. Field Sparrow (v)
27. Eastern Phoebe
28. Least Flycatcher
29. Black-and-white Warbler
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Savanna Sparrow (v)
32. Downy Woodpecker
33. Killdeer (v)
24. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Northern Cardinal (v)
36. Hairy Woodpecker


37. Herring Gull
38. Chipping Sparrow (v)


White-tailed Deer (v)

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


Summer Singers

Sunday, July 14th, 2019
Eastern Towhee (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 July 2019.
Eastern Towhee (male).

Kind of a lovely morning. Sunny and calm, with just a hint of breeze. Not too warm, not too cold. Summer singing going on.

I don’t know this for a fact, but my theory is that birds are singing again now that they’ve got fledglings roaming about who need to learn the songs of the species.

Whatever the fact of it, it’s lovely to think of all those young birds out there.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Veery (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Crow (v)
6. Chipping Sparrow*
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Song Sparrow**
9. Ovenbird (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Common Yellowthroat**
14. Northern Cardinal (v)
15. Herring Gull*
16. Blue Jay
17. Mourning Dove*
18. Alder Flycatcher (v)
19. Eastern Phoebe
20. Eastern Bluebird
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Killdeer†
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Nashville Warbler (v)
25. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)


26. House Finch
27. Black-throated Green Warbler
28. Wild Turkey

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First of year bird

A Wonderful Hour

Friday, April 12th, 2019
Gray Ghost (male Northern Harrier), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 April 2019.
Gray Ghost (male Northern Harrier).
American Kestrel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 April 2019.
American Kestrel.

On my Beech Hill hike with Jack this morning, I encountered 18 bird species—among them American Woodcock, Eastern Phoebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Red-winged Blackbird, Killdeer, and Eastern Bluebird. Just a wonderful hour of walking around.

A thought occurs:

Despite the gray, chilly, muddy, leafless landscape you might see out your windows, this is a perfect time of year to take up birding. Spring migration is happening, folks. So if you’re not already a birder, considering grabbing a pair of binoculars, buying (or borrowing) a field guide, and stepping out for a look and listen. Prepare to be inspired, thrilled, frustrated, astounded, pleased with yourself, and filled with awe.

Honestly, I envy novice birders, recalling that sweet awakening to a world I’d never known. No matter your age or personality or politics, birding will improve your life. Believe me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30, I hiked the open trail.

1. Hairy Woodpecker
2. American Robin* (v)
3. Northern Cardinal** (v)
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
6. American Woodcock**
7. Mourning Dove* (wingbeats)
8. Red-winged Blackbird
9. Song Sparrow**
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. American Crow*
12. American Kestrel
13. Northern Harrier
14. American Goldfinch
15. Great Blue Heron
16. Killdeer
17. Black-capped Chickadee**
18. Eastern Phoebe**


19. Herring Gull
20. Rock Pigeon
21. Mallard
22. 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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