30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘mallard’

Boom!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022
Eastern Wood-pewee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 June 2022.
Eastern Wood-pewee.

And summer came, and Nature held a party. There were shenanigans, there were quarrels, there was music, there was magic.

The air was cool and the sky near cloudless when dog and I started up the trail. Little wind, lots of birdsong. Notable was the syncopated drumming of a sapsucker, the subtle notes of a hummingbird (first in a while), and just the number and variety of species. I believe today’s count was the second-highest yet since our return to the Maine coast.

Eastern Coyote, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 June 2022.
Eastern Coyote.

But the height of excitement came as we were strolling slowly down the open main Beech Hill trail when an Eastern Coyote emerged from the profuse shrubbery and crossed the trail not ten or twelve yards ahead of us. I imagined she was a female, perhaps having stashed her pups in that greenery, but she didn’t move overly fast—more like a slow lope. And then she stopped and cast a glance behind her.

Thank you, goddess of summer.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:27 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Song Sparrow**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Downy Woodpecker
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Veery
9. Gray Catbird
10. Pileated Woodpecker
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. American Redstart** (v)
13. American Crow*
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler
15. Northern Cardinal** (v)
16. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
17. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Alder Flycatcher
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Field Sparrow
25. American Robin
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Cedar Waxwing
28. House Wren
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. Chipping Sparrow (v)
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Prairie Warbler (v)
34. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Tufted Titmouse (v)
36. Pine Warbler
37. Eastern Wood-pewee
38. Brown Creeper (v)

Elsewhere

39. Mallard
40. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Coyote

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

†First-of-year

End of Spring

Monday, June 20th, 2022
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 June 2022.
Song Sparrow.

Another chilly, gusty morning—but this time with a bright blue sky above my dog and me. Also birds. Many more birds (and species) than the past two mornings.

Most notable was the flush of a couple (or three?) American Woodcock on our way up the wooded trail just below the summit. I suspect a traveling family. And another family—phoebe fledglings—not far below that same area on our return trip.

Couldn’t get a photo of a calling Pileated Woodpecker near the end of our early hike—but I did get a pretty nice pic of a Song Sparrow.

Tomorrow, summer!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:22 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Common Yellowthroat
3. Red-eyed vireo (v)
4. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Veery
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
10. Alder Flycatcher (v)
11. Cedar Waxwing (v)
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. Song Sparrow**
14. American Woodcock
15. Yellow Warbler
16. American Robin*
17. Black-capped Chickadee
18. Savannah Sparrow (v)
19. Eastern Bluebird (v)
21. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Field Sparrow
27. Eastern Phoebe*
28. Pileated Woodpecker
29. Eastern Wood-pewee
30. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
31. Brown Creeper (v)
32. Osprey (v)

Elsewhere

33. Mallard
34. Northern Cardinal

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

†First-of-year

Lull

Saturday, June 18th, 2022
Eastern Towhee (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 June 2022.
Eastern Towhee (female).

Light rain this morning, so a little later hike for dog and me. Chilly temps (low-50s) and wet trails and a post-rain wind—a wind blowing clouds from the west, revealing blue skies above the hills.

As expected in such weather, fewer species than in recent days. But a good selection even so. And nice conversations on the summit.

Notably, though, more towhees calling and singing and flitting around. Nestlings? Near-fledglings?

Summer fast approacheth.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:16 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed vireo** (v)
2. Song Sparrow** (v)
3. Ovenbird
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Gray Catbird
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. American Goldfinch
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
12. Hermit Thrush (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. American Crow*
15. Yellow Warbler (v)
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. House Wren
18. Cedar Waxwing
19. American Redstart
20. Eastern Phoebe (v)

Elsewhere

21. Mallard

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

(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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