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Flitting Migrants

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022
Swainson’s Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 October 2022.
Swainson’s Thrush.

Again nippy with partial sun, but rather windy when dog and I headed up the hill. With the loudly rustling leaves, it was hard to make out the voices of the birds in the woods—but I followed a couple pods of chickadees, who were (as often is the case) companied by quiet little warblers. Also vireos.

Four warbler spp., three corvid spp., two vireo spp, a pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks, an Osprey, and the southbound flight of three geese. Plus a raven—and another Swainson’s Thrush. (Growing to like the species a lot.)

I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Purple Finch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Blue-headed Vireo
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. Nashville Warbler
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Magnolia Warbler
10. Swainson’s Thrush
11. White-throated Sparrow*
12. Sharp-shinned Hawk
13. Canada Goose
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Dark-eyed Junco
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)


20. Song Sparrow (v)

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



Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
Portrait of Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 May 2022.
Portrait of Gray Catbird.
Tennessee Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 May 2022.
Tennessee Warbler.

A second straight windy morning greeted dog and me as we hit the trail—but even windier. Chilly air from the northwest was a-waggin’ the young, leafing-out hardwoods around and making it tough for birds to perch on high. Plus, listening was often a challenge.

Nonetheless, I somehow managed to tally up thirty species on today’s list—including three first-of-year birds.

FOYs are of course fun sightings for avid birders: the after many months away, the old familiar has returned. I’ve had FOY birds just about every day for a week, I bet. And I didn’t even realize I had three today until I viewed my photos, when what I thought was a Red-eyed-Vireo turned out to be a Tennessee Warbler.

Crow dive-bombing a raven, bluebirds taking over the tree swallow box, first-of-year wood-pewee delivering my favorite sound of summer.

Summer will be here before you know it.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:12 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Eastern Phoebe*
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. Ovenbird**
5. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee*
7. American Crow*
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Hairy Woodpecker
10. Northern Cardinal** (v)
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Gray Catbird
13. Magnolia Warbler†
14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Yellow Warbler (v)
17. Song Sparrow** (v)
18. Northern Parula (v)
19. Common Raven
20. Tree Swallow
21. American Robin (v)
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. White-throated Sparrow (v)
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Hermit Thrush (v)
27. Wild Turkey* (v)
28. Eastern Wood-pewee†
29. Tennessee Warbler †
30. Northern Flicker (v)


31. Mallard
32. Herring Gull
33. Chipping Sparrow (v)

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


I’ll Take It

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
Lincoln’s Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2019.
Lincoln’s Sparrow (first of preserve).

Cold and wet morning. Forties (F) and drippy from some overnight precip. Didn’t expect much in the way of birds or photos—but, as often happens, I was pleasantly surprised.

First were all the warblers flitting silently through the leafing-out hardwoods. (Sure enough not a lot of singing going on.) Next came some nice surprises at the misty summit: activity in the spruce grove including a Least Flycatcher, a Yellow Warbler, A Magnolia Warbler, a Wilson’s Warbler—and a first-of-preserve Lincoln’s Sparrow. Pretty sure that was the first of the species I had to ID on my own, in fact.


In all, thirty-six species on a drippy, gray day. I’ll take it.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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


37. House Finch
38. Chipping Sparrow

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

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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