24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘least flycatcher’


Friday, September 1st, 2023
Alder Flycatcher (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 September 2023.
Alder Flycatcher (juvie).

A cool, cloudless morning greeted dog and me as we headed up the wooded trail. By “cool,” I mean mid- to upper-50s (F). But once we hit the open fields, the sun warmed us up a bit—and, considering his thick coat, Jack didn’t much mind the little chill.

Birds were about, and moving. Notable, today, were the three flycatchers that showed up. In the woods, a wood-pewee perched on a snag and sang, occasionally making a quick flight to catch a fly. Nearing the summit, I caught sight of a young Alder Flycatcher (a species that prefers open areas)—and, nearby, a Least Flycatcher.

Between those three species and the waxwings that perched high in the summit spruce grove and dined on a fly hatch, the population of flies dipped quite a bit today.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:20 a.m. EST (8:20 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. American Goldfinch
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. Song Sparrow
15. American Crow* (v)
16. Veery (v)
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. American Robin
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Northern Flicker (v)
21. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
22. Least Flycatcher


23. Herring Gull
24. Belted Kingfisher

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


Ragged Revisited

Saturday, June 24th, 2023
Red-winged Blackbird, Snow Bowl, Camden, Maine, 24 June 2023.
Red-winged Blackbird.

Again Jack and I hiked the Ragged Mountain Snow Bowl trails with our best dog and human friends. Warm again but not as bright, with rain in the late-morning forecast. Not the number of bird species as last time, but still a fun hike in a different place with a lot going on.

Saw my first bluebird fledgling up there perched on a lift cable. Also a starling clearly nesting somewhere up there among the gears.

Tomorrow it’ll be back to Beech Hill, but we’ll hit the mountain again soon, I bet.

(An alphabetized list again.)

Camden Snow Bowl Trails List
Starting at 6:48 a.m. EST (7:48 DST), I hiked some Camden Snow Bowl trails.

1. Alder Flycatcher
2. American Goldfinch
3. American Redstart (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Baltimore Oriole (v)
6. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Cedar Waxwing
9. Chipping Sparrow (v)
10. Common Yellowthroat (v)
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
15. European Starling
16. Great Crested Flycatcher
17. Least Flycatcher (v)
18. Mourning Dove** (v)
19. Ovenbird (v)
20. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
21. Red-winged Blackbird
22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
24. Scarlet Tanager (v)
24. Song Sparrow*
25. Tree Swallow
26. Tufted Titmouse (v)
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Wild Turkey
29. Yellow Warbler (v)


30. Mallard
31. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
32. American Crow


Eastern Chipmunk

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


Erickson Fields

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023
Black-throated Green Warbler (singing with its mouth full), Erickson Fields Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2023.
Black-throated Green Warbler (singing with its mouth full).

This morning dawned sunny and pleasantly cool, mid- to upper-50s (F). The forecasters suggested it’d get warmer, which gave me the idea of hiking over the hill and down the trail to the Erickson Fields Preserve. So that’s what dog and I did.

Was a long hike—both time-wise and miles-wise—but well worth it. The Erickson Fields trail traverses quite a different habitat from Beech Hill’s hardwoods and barrens (old-growth spruce/pine and grasslands), which support a notably different array of wild birds. Had multiple Black-throated Blue Warblers, saw a bunch of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, even heard the very high-pitched song of a Blackburnian Warbler. And at the far end was a grassy field with Barn Swallows zipping around.

I’m astonished that I waited so long to take that lovely hike. We’ll be doing it again real soon, dog and I.

Beech Hill/Erickson Fields List
Starting at 6:09 a.m. EST (7:09 DST), I hiked all trails at both preserves.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Brown Creeper (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler **
7. Veery
8. American Goldfinch**
9. American Crow*
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Gray Catbird* (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker
14. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
15. Hermit Thrush (v)
16. American Robin*
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Common Yellowthroat (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Osprey
21. Herring Gull*
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Field Sparrow
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. American Redstart
26. Eastern Phoebe*
27. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
28. Common Raven (v)
29. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
30. Chipping Sparrow
31. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
32. Northern Cardinal (v)
33. Scarlet Tanager (v)
34. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
35. Blue-headed Vireo
36. Least Flycatcher (v)
37. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
38. Black-throated Blue Warbler
39. Blue Jay (v)
40. Mourning Dove*
41. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
42. Barn Swallow
43. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
44. Blackburnian Warbler (v)
45. Northern Parula (v)
46. Black-capped Chickadee
47. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
48. Purple Finch (v)
49. Turkey Vulture

(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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