30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘northern flicker’

Cuckoo

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022
Black-billed Cuckoo (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 June 2022.
Black-billed Cuckoo (juvie).

A coolish, calmish, dryish morning with plenty of buzzing mosquitos—and a good plenty of bird species, too. An amazing array, in fact: four thrushes, three woodpeckers; a passel of warblers; lots of sparrows.

Most notable—a quiet juvenile Black-billed Cuckoo that showed up in a shady place about 20 feet in front of us, dog and me. We even managed to stay still enough to grab portrait.

I’ll take a day like today any day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:18 a.m., I hiked most trails.

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

Elsewhere

39. House Sparrow
40. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Summer Heat

Saturday, June 25th, 2022
Beech Nut phoebe. (Eastern pheobe.)
Beech Nut phoebe

A warm morning, with mosquitos about. Cloudless, little wend. Felt a lot like summer.

Speaking of—I heard another singing Summer Tanager down in the bottomlands. Marched off trail for a while but never did get even a peak at the bird. Will try again tomorrow.

A lovely hike, with sweat galore,

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:20 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. American Crow*
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. American Redstart** (v)
9. Summer Tanager (v)
10. Veery
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. Gray Catbird
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Field Sparrow (v)
20. Purple Finch (v)
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Savannah Sparrow (v)
24. Mourning Dove
25. American Robin
26. Alder Flycatcher (v)
27. Hermit Thrush (v)
28. House Wren
29. Northern Flicker
30. Tree Swallow
31. Red-breasted Nuthatch
32. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
33.Broad-winged Hawk
34. Tufted Titmouse (v)
35. Common Raven (v)
36 Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
37. Wood Thrush (v)

Elsewhere

38. House Finch
39. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

Fun in Fog

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022
Hermit Thrush fledgling, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2022.
Hermit Thrush fledgling.

Cool and overcast at the start of our hike, and humid, with very little wind. Thick fog and drippy at the summit of the hill, with low visibility. But never mind the weather—a lot going on out there.

For one thing, fledglings. I could hear them calling from their hiding places in the thick summer foliage. And I spied several adults with beaks crammed with food. I even spotted a few fledglings—Hermit Thrushes staying still, Hairy Woodpeckers begging from their mom.

Short-tailed Weasel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2022.
Short-tailed Weasel.

Another exceptional moment: a Short-tailed Weasel bounding along the trail toward dog and me, pulling up short, then dashing off into the shrubbery again. Returning, seeing us, dashing off. Returning a third time.

(Never saw it after the third time, but did manage to grab a quick photo.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Song Sparrow
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Ovenbird**
5. American Redstart**
6. Veery
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Northern Cardinal** (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Gray Catbird
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. American Goldfinch
13. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
14. American Crow* (v)
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Northern Flicker
17. American Woodcock
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Northern Parula (v)
22. House Wren (v)
23. American Robin (v)
24. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
25. Scarlet Tanager (v)
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Downy Woodpecker
28. Eastern Wood-pewee
29. Eastern Phoebe

Elsewhere

30. Wild Turkey

Mammals

Short-tailed Weasel

(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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