24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘laughing gull’


Wednesday, August 16th, 2023
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 August 2023.
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

Pretty sure the bird in the photo above is a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. I don’t see this species often—in fact, I believe my first Beech Hill sighting happened in early September last year—but this particular bird happened to pop up right in front of me as dog and I were moseying along the upper wooded trail. If you’re patient, and attentive, and have developed sort of fine-tuned observatory senses, every now and then you get a gift like this.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:53 a.m. EST (7:53 DST), I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. Gray Catbird*
8. American Crow*
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. American Goldfinch**
11. Brown Creeper (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Eastern Bluebird (v)
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Song Sparrow
18. Eastern Phoebe (v)
19. Chestnut-sided Warbler
20. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher†
21. Northern Cardinal (v)


22. Wild Turkey
23. Herring Gull
24. Laughing Gull
25. Osprey (v)

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



Sunday, July 30th, 2023
Song Sparrow on goldenrod, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2023.
Song Sparrow on goldenrod.

Last night’s soaking rain sure enough cooled things down a lot and got rid of the recent humidity. Jack had a much easier time of this morning’s hike—as, I suppose, did I.

But there were fewer flying insects. Perhaps that’s why things were so quiet, bird-wise. Fewer species on my list than in many weeks. But a couple of noteworthy ones: Wood Thrush, Herring Gull, Barn Swallow.

Also, in a chance meeting, I had a nice long chat with three long-time friends I hadn’t seen (or talked to) in a while. Kind of the day’s highlight.

Unless, of course, you count the handsome Eastern Coyote that showed up in the yard this early morning.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:56 a.m. EST (7:56 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Wood Thrush (v)
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Cedar Waxwing
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. American Crow*
11. Gray Catbird
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Herring Gull*
14. Song Sparrow*
15. Barn Swallow
16. American Robin*
17. Blue Jay (v)
18. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)


20. Mourning Dove
21. Osprey
22. House Sparrow
23. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
24. Laughing Gull
25. Rock Dove


Eastern Coyote


Garter Snake

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


Birds and Gardens

Monday, June 12th, 2023
Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 June 2023.
Eastern Phoebe.

Up the trail early with dog on the mostly overcast morning of a day that would later find me down in a different town under a warm and sunny sky. Still many bird species on the hill, including an invisible Great Crested Flycatcher.

A lovely hike it was, then in afternoon I asked Jack to guard the house and headed with my expert gardener friend down to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for the first time. It was a very cool trip to a very cool place, with very cool botanicals and very cool birds of another feather—a soaring eagle among them.

I’d live this lovely June day over again if I could.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:38 a.m. sun time (7:38 DST), I hiked all trails.

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


35. Common Grackle
36. House Sparrow
37. Osprey
38. Bald Eagle
39. Laughing Gull
40. Northern Parula (v)
41. Pine Warbler (v)


Eastern Chipmunk
American Red Squirrel

(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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