22 September 2023

Posts Tagged ‘Nashville warbler’


Tuesday, May 16th, 2023
Scarlet Tanager (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 May 2023.
Scarlet Tanager (male).

A wonderfully overcast day. I love sunny days, of course, and snowy winter days, and days of every other kind of skies—but every so often comes a special overcast that seems to me protective, like a blanket. This was one of those.

What’s more, lots of birds—including a couple of firsts-of-year: Red-eyed Vireo and Great Crested Flycatcher. (Also a two firsts elsewhere.) And plenty of other resident species have yet to arrive, which makes for the certainty of near-future excitement.

Also had the honor of holding a Red-bellied Snake, for a moment, gently. The snake was another first of year.

The trails were dry this morning for the first time in a while, but a few overnight rain showers are forecast, then sun tomorrow. Already imagining what sort of day it’ll be.

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

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. American Goldfinch** (v)
4. Black-and-white Warbler** (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. Scarlet Tanager
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Blue Jay** (v)
9. Eastern Towhee**
10. Wood Thrush (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee**
12. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
13. Red-eyed Vireo†
14. Eastern Phoebe (v)
15. Veery (v)
16. Nashville Warbler (v)
17. American Crow*
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Northern Parula (v)
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Song Sparrow*
22. Common Yellowthroat**
23. Eastern Bluebird
24. Yellow Warbler** (v)
25. White-breasted Nuthatch**
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Mourning Dove* (v)
28. American Robin*
29. Brown-headed Cowbird
30. Hermit Thrush (v)
31. Northern Cardinal** (v)
32. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
33. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
34. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Great Crested Flycatcher† (v)
36. Wild Turkey (v)
37. Dark-eyed Junco


38. Herring Gull
39. House Sparrow
40. House Finch
41. Laughing Gull†
42. Ruby-throated Hummingbird†
43. European Starling
44. Osprey
45. Canada Goose


Red-bellied Snake

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


Early Hike

Monday, May 15th, 2023
Eastern Bluebird (male) on the chimney, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 May 2023.
Eastern Bluebird (male) on the chimney.

Dog and I met friends (dog and human) at the wooded trailhead for an earlier-than-usual hike this morning. It was a lot of fun. Chilly, mostly sunny, and a lot leafier than yesterday.

No firsts-of-year today, but a total of thirty-three species (ten of them warblers), and the fine experience of a fresh new lush spring morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:40 a.m. sun time (5:50 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. Common Yellowthroat
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Blue Jay
9. Northern Parula (v)
10. American Redstart (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
13. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
14. Nashville Warbler (v)
15. American Crow*
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Veery (v)
18. Chipping Sparrow (v)
19. Song Sparrow (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe (v)
21. Eastern Bluebird
22. Purple Finch (v)
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. White-breasted Nuthatch
25. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
26. American Robin
27. Northern Cardinal
28. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
29. Tree Swallow
30. Savannah Sparrow
31. Wood Thrush (v)
32. Tufted Titmouse (v)
33. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)


34. Mallard
35. Wild Turkey

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


Riotous Song

Sunday, May 14th, 2023
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2023.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male).

A lot cooler today than yesterday, and a bit blusterier. But also mostly blue above, and the leaves have started to obscure the canopy. And birdsong was everywhere this morning as dog and I headed up the hill.

First-of-year bird? A loudly singing Wood Thrush. Most notable sighting? Possibly the pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks hanging out in the leafy trees about half way up. (Saw a third below.) In fact, as I was watching the female, she suddenly took off, and a Cooper’s Hawk came zipping by—an unsuccessful chase, I’m pretty sure.

Spied another tanager today. Three geese flew over. Many, many warblers.

Yet again, I anticipate another fun walk tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:05 a.m. sun time (7:05 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. American Goldfinch** (v)
4. Wood Thrush† (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Northern Parula
11. Veery
12. Mourning Dove**
13. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
14. Cooper’s Hawk
15. Herring Gull*
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
18. American Crow*
19. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
20. Canada Goose
21. Scarlet Tanager
22. Nashville Warbler
23. White-throated Sparrow
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. American Redstart
26. Chipping Sparrow
27. Song Sparrow
28. Field Sparrow (v)
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Purple Finch (v)
31. Yellow Warbler (v)
32. Hermit Thrush (v)
33. Pine Warbler** (v)
34. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
35. Eastern Phoebe


36. White-breasted Nuthatch (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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