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Posts Tagged ‘morning dove’


Saturday, June 16th, 2018
Snowshoe Hare, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 June 2018.

Snowshoe Hare, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 June 2018.

Saw the hare again this morning. Pretty sure it’s the same animal—it appeared alongside the trail in the same place I’ve seen one twice before (once in white winter plumage). Jack and I stood there for a good five minutes or so watching it nibble the greenery before loping off into the thicket.

Otherwise, lots of semi-silent birds, a warm sun, and no one else up there but me and dog.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. American Robin**
3. American Goldfinch
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
5. Ovenbird (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Alder Flycatcher (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Northern Cardinal* (v)
11. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
12. Song Sparrow**
13. Yellow Warbler**
14. Morning Dove*
15. Common Yellowthroat (v)
16. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
17. Field Sparrow
18. Eastern Phoebe*
19. Purple Finch (v)
20. Savannah Sparrow
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Tufted Titmouse (v)
23. Gray Catbird**
24. Tree Swallow
25. Common Raven
26. American Redstart (v)
27. Eastern Bluebird
28. Veery (v)


29. Herring Gull
30. Chipping Sparrow (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Olive-sided Flycatcher

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Olive-sided Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 June 2018.

Olive-sided Flycatcher.

I had to look it up. Sure enough, I’d seen an Olive-sided Flycatcher at Beech Hill before—just one, six years ago. This morning’s bird appeared in much the same circumstances: a lone, silent flycatcher, perched upright on a distant snag, wearing a dark-colored vest. Again, I had to download the photos before confirming the ID.

Chalk-fronted Corporal (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 June 2018.

Chalk-fronted Corporal (female).

Also happened to spot a solitary kingbird in flight this overcast morning. Warm weather brought out butterflies and dragonflies.

And back home, I nearly stepped on a Garter Snake.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail (and a bit of the woods).

1. American Redstart**
2. Ovenbird (v)
3. Northern Cardinal (v)
4. Blue Jay
5. Chipping Sparrow (v)
6. Alder Flycatcher
7. American Crow*
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
12. American Robin (v)
13. Olive-sided Flycatcher
14. Eastern Bluebird
15. Yellow Warbler** (v)
16. Song Sparrow
17. Field Sparrow
18. Gray Catbird
19. Veery (v)
20. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
21. Eastern Phoebe*
22. Tree Swallow
23. Common Yellowthroat** (v)
24. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
25. Eastern Kingbird
26. American Goldfinch (v)
27. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
28. Broad-winged Hawk


29. Morning Dove
30. Herring Gull
31. Rock Pigeon
32. Northern Parula (v)
33. Osprey (v)

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

Garter Snake, Rockport, Maine, 02 June 2018.

Garter Snake.

My Little Ovenbird

Friday, May 11th, 2018
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 May 2018.


I have a thing for Ovenbirds. They’re so dependable, for one thing—arriving each year right on time, hollering “Teacher, Teacher, TEACHER!” from their perches about thirty feet up into the canopy. They have what I call a “branch walk” behavior when suspicious. They chase each other around in the woods.

The song of the Ovenbird is my ringtone. That should tell you something.

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

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
4. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
5. Northern Parula
6. Hermit Thrush (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Blue-headed Vireo
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Herring Gull*
13. Morning Dove* (v)
14. Northern Cardinal (v)
15. Common Yellowthroat**
16. Song Sparrow**
17. Nashville Warbler (v)
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Purple Finch
20. Gray Catbird
21. Veery
22. Song Sparrow** (v)
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Tree Swallow
25. Eastern Phoebe
26. Turkey Vulture
27. Broad-winged Hawk
28. American Crow
29. Blue Jay (v)
30. American Robin
31. Wild Turkey
32. Yellow Warbler†
33. Common Raven
34. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
35. Great Crested Flycatcher


36. 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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