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Posts Tagged ‘olive-sided flycatcher’

Cool Overcast

Thursday, August 17th, 2023
Song Sparrow (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 August 2023.
Song Sparrow (juvie).

A cool overcast this morning, with a slight breeze and moisture in the trees. Very quiet in the woods, a bit less so in the open fields. Most notable was an Olive-sided Flycatcher perched high atop a summit spruce and a hummingbird buzzing around my head along the leafy trail below.

Birds are moving around these days, with the time of fall migration approaching. Witness a bluebird and three robins in the woods.

Precipitation expected for tomorrow. I wonder what the day will bring.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:09 a.m. EST (8:09 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. American Goldfinch*
3. American Crow*
4. Eastern Wood-pewee** (v)
5. Gray Catbird*
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (humming)
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Yellow Warbler
10. Song Sparrow
11. Olive-sided Flycatcher†
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Common Yellowthroat (v)
14. American Robin
15. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
16. Ovenbird
17. Eastern Bluebird
18. Eastern Phoebe (v)


19. Herring Gull
20. Osprey (v)
21. Rock Pigeon

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



Saturday, May 13th, 2023
Scarlet Tanager (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2023.
Scarlet Tanager (first of year).

It seemed a little early to have a tanager show up on the hill during my morning hike with dog, but there he was. I heard him first—as is nearly always the case—and crept up close enough for a photo. Last year I don’t believe I encountered a tanager at all (not sure), but know I didn’t see one. They used to arrive in late May, early June. A sign of warming? Likely so.

Coincidentally, about the same time I spied the tanager, I noticed an Olive-sided Flycatcher perched high on a small snag, with nothing but blue sky beyond. Those were the only firsts-of-year on our hike this morning.

But what a fun and lovely morning it was.

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

1. Ovenbird**
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler
3. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
4. American Goldfinch
5. Common Yellowthroat (v)
6. Blue Jay**
7. American Restart (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Purple Finch (v)
10. Northern Parula (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Veery (v)
13. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Scarlet Tanager†
17. Olive-sided Flycatcher†
18. Gray Catbird (v)
19. Black-capped Chickadee
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Yellow Warbler
22. Song Sparrow (v)
23. White-throated Sparrow
24. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
25. Yellow-rumped Warbler
26. Chipping Sparrow
27. Eastern Bluebird
28. Tree Swallow
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. Osprey
31. Turkey Vulture
32. Broad-winged Hawk
33. Prairie Warbler (v)
34. Pine Warbler** (v)
35. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
36. Nashville Warbler (v)
37. Baltimore Oriole (v)
38. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


39. Mallard
40. Mourning Dove
41. Wild Turkey

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



Thursday, August 19th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk.

Fifteen species this chilly (50s (F)!) overcast late morning when dog and I arrived at the trailhead. We waited out the rain this time, and the trails were not too muddy. Quite a few more bird species, including some lessd familiar ones.

Hard to get decent photos in the dim-light conditions, but at the very end of our hike, a hawk soared over.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 10:24 a.m. (11:24 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
4. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
5. Lazuli Bunting
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Mourning Dove
9. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
10. Spotted Towhee*
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Cooper’s Haw
13. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
14. Olive-sided Flycatcher
15. Rock Pigeon


16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. Black-billed Magpie
18. Red-tailed Hawk


Rock Squirrel

(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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