17 April 2024

Posts Tagged ‘Nashville warbler’

Hark, a Lark

Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
Horned Lark (immature male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 September 2023.
Horned Lark (immature male)

This first day of autumn brought a morning much like yesterday’s: sunny, cool, and fragrant. It also brought a surprising bird species: a Horned Lark. They’re not rare on the hill, but they typically come in small flocks. I rarely see just one, as I did today. An immature male, the bird was poking around the edges of the main trail—and at one point got very near to dog and me as we stood still, and I took photos.

Another oddball was a Nashville Warbler (haven’t seen any since spring, and few then), adult and juvie Hermit Thrush, and a bunch of the usual suspects.

All in all, a fun one.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:24 a.m. EST (8:24 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Brown Creeper (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch**
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
9. White-throated Sparrow (v)
10. Nashville Warbler
11. Hermit Thrush
12. Gray Catbird
13. Purple Finch (v)
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. American Goldfinch (v)
16. Horned Lark
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Eastern Bluebird
20. American Crow* (v)


21. Northern Cardinal
22. Herring Gull
23. Belted Kingfisher (v)
24. Canada Goose (v)


Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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


Nice Sightings

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023
White-tailed doe and fawn, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 September 2023.
White-tailed Deer (doe and fawn).

Cool and bright again this morning—but not quite so cool. In fact, the day warmed up pretty good by the time dog and I reached the summit. A noteworthy day, though, with a few nice sightings. Most noteworthy, perhaps was a whitetail doe and fawn that appeared in a little clearing far below us.

Bird-wise, also at the summit, I spotted my first yellow-rump since spring. and I spotted my first Nashville Warbler in months, down in the woodlands.

Sitting here this evening, I find myself wondering what tomorrow’s hike will bring.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:04 a.m. EST (8:04 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Northern Parula (v)
4. Gray Catbird**
5. Eastern Wood-pewee
6. American Goldfinch**
7. Nashville Warbler
8. Blue Jay** (v)
9. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
10. Brown Creeper (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Hairy Woodpecker
15. American Crow*
16. Song Sparrow
17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
18. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Common Yellowthroat (v)
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Northern Flicker (v)


23. Herring Gull
24. House Sparrow
25. Eastern Bluebird


Eastern Gray Squirrel
White-tailed Deer

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


The Loud Ones

Thursday, May 18th, 2023
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 May 2023.

’Tis the season of the Ovenbird. This perky little terrestrial-nesting warbler—with his stylish orange mohawk—nests in a dutch-oven-style nest of leaves on the sun-dappled forest floor and declares its existence from a tree limb twenty or thirty feet above: Teacher, teacher, teacher, teacher, teacher!

They also chase each other with great speed, zipping between trunks, a frantic sort of demonstration of their territorial imperative. But mostly, these mid-May days, their voices echo loudly in the woodlands.

Otherwise notable this lovely (if nippy) morning: a first-of-hill Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Such a fun time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:18 a.m. sun time (7:18 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
4. Brown Creeper (v)
5. Song Sparrow
6. American Goldfinch
7. Black-and-white Warbler**
8. Gray Catbird
9. Red-bellied Woodpecker** (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. Wood Thrush (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
17. Nashville Warbler (v)
18. Common Yellowthroat (v)
19. American Crow*
20. Black-throated Blue Warbler
21. Yellow-rumped Warbler
22. White-throated Sparrow
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Yellow Warbler (v)
25. Mourning Dove* (v)
26. American Redstart (v)
27. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
28. Chipping Sparrow
29. American Robin*
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Northern Parula* (v)
32. Eastern Phoebe**
33. Savannah Sparrow
34. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Tufted Titmouse (v)


36. Herring Gull

(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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