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Posts Tagged ‘laughing gull’

A Good Day

Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Chestnut-sided Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2019.
Chestnut-sided Warbler (female).

Sunny morn. Not too chilly, not too warm. Plenty of birds about also. Quiet and furtive enough to make things interesting—but quick enough to deny me several exquisite photos.

Still I got a couple.

A good day for dog and me.

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

1. Ovenbird
2. Northern Cardinal (v)
3. Common Yellowthroat**
4. American Goldfinch** (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. Northern Parula (v)
7. Veery (v)
8. Red-eyed Vireo**
9. American Redstart (v)
10. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Gray Catbird**
13. Wood Thrush (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat**
15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
16. American Robin*
17. Hermit Thrush (v)
18. Blue Jay**
19. Yellow Warbler
20. American Crow*
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Alder Flycatcher
23. Herring Gull*
24. Field Sparrow
25. Tree Swallow
26. Nashville Warbler (v)
27. Eastern Phoebe*
28. Eastern Bluebird
29. Sharp-shinned Hawk
30. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
31. Scarlet Tanager
32. Northern Flicker (v)
33. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
34. Purple Finch (v)
35. Least Flycatcher (v)
36. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
37. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
38. Chipping Sparrow*


39. House Finch (v)
40. Osprey
41. Laughing Gull (v)

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

Mama Yellowthroat

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Common Yellowthroat (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 June 2018.

Common Yellowthroat (female).

This morning I took two quick steps out the back door and turned around to check on the phoebe nestlings. I saw that they were large and sitting tall on the nest, and then they took off across the little yard, twittering, and lit in some trees. This brought the adults over in a hurry, peeping at their suddenly unchained brood.

Phoebe’s first perch, Rockport, Maine, 27 June 2018.

Phoebe’s first perch.

Didn’t mean to cause such a ruckus, but it was interesting to watch the fledging process. One little bird sat on its first wild perch for a good long time without moving at all.

At the hill, birds were actively feeding nestlings and fledglings. I got a special welcome from a female yellowthroat with a beak crammed full of flying insects.

Later, I took a nice long bicycle ride and heard (and/or saw) quite a few additional species. Kept thinking about that yellowthroat, though.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Yellow Warbler** (v)
2. Mourning Dove* (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
4. American Goldfinch** (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Northern Cardinal**
9. American Robin (v)
10. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
11. Chipping Sparrow*
12. Ovenbird (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat**
15. Eastern Bluebird
16. Song Sparrow
17. American Crow*
18. Field Sparrow
19. Gray Catbird**
20. Savannah Sparrow
21. Northern Flicker (v)
22. Veery (v)
23. Cedar Waxwing*
24. Eastern Phoebe*
25. Common Raven (v)
26. Purple Finch
27. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
28. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
31. Mourning Dove* (v)


32. Herring Gull
33. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
34. American Redstart (v)
35. Rock Pigeon
36. House Sparrow (v)
37. Osprey
38. Laughing Gull†

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


Fly Hatch

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Cedar Waxwing, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 August 2017.

Cedar Waxwing.

Scores of waxwings fluttered about the hill this morning, chasing flies. A wind blew, so the swarms floated diffusely, so the birds wheeled and hovered, flycatching. At the summit I spied a couple phoebes and heard the notes of a Least Flycatcher.

Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 August 2017.

Eastern Phoebe.

Crickets, dragonflies, grasshoppers, cicadas, butterflies (including a couple monarchs), bees, and flies.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. American Goldfinch
3. Gray Catbird (v)
4. American Crow*
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. Common Raven (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Song Sparrow
9. Yellow Warbler (v)
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Eastern Phoebe
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. American Robin
14. Laughing Gull
15. Least Flycatcher (v)
16. Eastern Wood-pewee
17. Mourning Dove*


18. Tufted Titmouse (v)
19. Wild Turkey
20. Herring Gull

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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