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Sunday, July 9th, 2023
A very young Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 July 2023.
Very young Common Yellowthroat.

The prognosticators were right: fog this morning. Not real warm, but warm enough to feel the impressive humidity of the air. And the birds—many more birds than just a couple months ago—didn’t seem to mind.

Many more birds because of reproduction, of course. And still the mission of keeping all those fledglings safe and healthy is in the misty air.

I often wonder just how many more birds are fluttering around at this time of year than there were at, say, the beginning of May. Twice as many? Three times as many? More?

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:49 a.m. EST (8:49 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
2. Northern Cardinal* (v)
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. Veery
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. American Goldfinch
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Song Sparrow
12. American Robin*
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe (v)
16. Chipping Sparrow (v)
17. House Finch
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Field Sparrow
20. Prairie Warbler (v)
21. American Crow* (v)
22. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
23. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
25. Hermit Thrush (v)
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
28. Downy Woodpecker
29. Wood Thrush (v)
30. Mourning Dove (v)
31. Blue Jay (v)
32. Northern Flicker
33. Tufted Titmouse (v)
34. Cedar Waxwing
35. Savannah Sparrow
36. Eastern Bluebird
37. Merlin†
38. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)


39. Mallard

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


Misty Morn

Tuesday, June 20th, 2023
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 June 2023.
Red-eyed Vireo.

Was supposed to rain much of this morning, but when I checked the weather radar, I only saw a few green patches. It was raining lightly when dog and I got to the trailhead, but within about twenty minutes, it’d stopped, and the rest of our hike happened in nearly calm air under a misty overcast. And birds showed up. Not as many as yesterday, but lots.

I heard the voices of youngsters, saw adults with beaks full of insect parts, saw a chipmunk that looked like somebody’s grandpa.

Most notable, however, might’ve been the vireo that posed for me.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:47 a.m. EST (7:47 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Red-eyed Vireo
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. Northern Parula (v)
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
7. Song Sparrow
8. Veery
9. American Goldfinch
10. American Crow*
11. Eastern Towhee**
12. Alder Flycatcher (v)
13. American Redstart
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Yellow Warbler (v)
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Black-capped Chickadee**
18. Black-and-white Warbler
19. Tufted Titmouse**
20. American Robin*
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Hermit Thrush
23. Scarlet Tanager (v)
24. Common Yellowthroat (v)
25. Field Sparrow (v)
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Blue Jay (v)
28. Turkey Vulture


29. Mallard
30. Herring Gull
31. Rock Pigeon
32. Merlin


Eastern Chipmunk

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


Woodland Birds

Thursday, November 10th, 2022
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 November 2022.
Brown Creeper.

Warmer this morning than a day ago, but with a healthy southwest wind. Did not know what to expect, bird-wise.

Not a lot of species to start (nor photo ops), although the highlight was likely the Merlin that we spooked at the summit and I could not photograph as it flapped swiftly away.

Had only a dozen spp. by the time we returned down the lower wooded trail. Did not expect more. But then I heard the voice of a Golden-crowned Kinglet, and spotted a few, and a Brown Creeper appeared. And, after that little pause to attempt actual bird pics, I heard a pair of bluebirds and watched a gull fly away above the canopy.

Clouds are supposed to gather tomorrow, with rain Friday night. Saturday we might get to hike in afternoon for a change.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:14 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow**
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Blue Jay
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. White-throated Sparrow (v)
10. Merlin
11. Purple Finch (v)
12. American Robin (v)
13. Golden-crowned Kinglet
14. Brown Creeper
15. Eastern Bluebird (v)
16. Herring Gull*


17. Northern Cardinal (v)

(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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