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Sparrow

Sunday, September 4th, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 04 September 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

Another in a string of fair, cool mornings. When much of the rest of the country is suffering through heat waves and droughts and fires and flooding, dog and I are particularly lucky in these challenging days.

Plus, I had thirty bird species on my list today. Notable: a gull in the woods (?), first Hermit Thrush in a while, first Veery in a while, first Ovenbird in a while, first Savannah Sparrow in a while. The latter, in particular rather thrilled me.

What a lovely morning. To be followed by a day of rain—or so they say.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:40 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Crow
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker
5. Ovenbird
6. Herring Gull
7. Brown Creeper
8. Hermit Thrush
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Tufted Titmouse
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Veery
14. Gray Catbird
15. American Goldfinch
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Purple Finch
20. Common Yellowthroat
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Field Sparrow
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
25. Yellow Warbler
26. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
27. Eastern Phoebe
28. Blue Jay
29. Least Flycatcher
30. Northern Flicker

Elsewhere

31. Northern Cardinal
32. Carolina Wren

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Raven in the Blueberries

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

A rather auspicious hike with dog this morning. First, the sun emerged after a couple misty days, which mixed things up a bit. Second, we encountered lesser-seen species like hummingbirds, hawks, osprey. Third, we got closer to a wild raven than we ever have.

It was a young bird, and it was in the field near the trail, eating blueberries for breakfast. I’d been checking a birch across from the raven, where I thought I saw a warbler, when it croaked. Its nearness startled me. Just there, not thirty feet away. I managed to grab a few photos, even a video or two, while it popped blueberries into its mouth, croaking occasionally. Then it flapped up into the bird I’d been scanning and preened for a while.

I count it as something of a blessing.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Blue Jay
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Crow
5. Red-eyed Vireo
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. American Goldfinch
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. Red-bellied Woodpecker
10. Brown Creeper
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Gray Catbird
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Purple Finch
15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
16. Least Flycatcher
17. Black-throated Green Warbler
18. Savannah Sparrow
19. Song Sparrow
20. Cooper’s Hawk
21. Common Raven
22. American Robin
23. Common Yellowthroat
24. Broad-winged Hawk
25. Yellow-rumped Warbler
26. Osprey
27. Red-breasted Nuthatch
28. Hermit Thrush

Elsewhere

29. Mourning Dove
30. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Raven in the Fog (Revisited)

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022
Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 August 2022.
Common Raven.

Years ago, I climbed Beech Hill on a foggy morn, and when I reached the summit, a raven flew by, and let me take its photo. I recall being thrilled at that moment. It was almost as if we were both meant to cross paths like that—I’m sure it was the best photo of that foggy day

Today, as Jack and I reached the foggy summit, I thought of that big black bird and said aloud something like, “This’d be a good day to see a raven in the fog.”

Not five minutes later, rounding a curve in the trail, I spotted a raven sitting on a rock surrounded by wet foliage just in front of us. I froze. I took its photo. And before to long, it took wing and flew away in the fog.

(Lots of rain overnight. Ahhh.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Northern Cardinal (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Gray Catbird
6. Veery (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. American Goldfinch
9. Least Flycatcher (v)
10. Song Sparrow
11. Common Raven
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Herring Gull
15. Black-throated Blue Warbler
16. Red-eyed Vireo

Elsewhere

17. Mourning Dove
18. Eastern Wood-pewee

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

†First-of-year

 
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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