30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘osprey’


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)


39. House Sparrow
40. Herring Gull


Eastern Chipmunk

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


End of Spring

Monday, June 20th, 2022
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 June 2022.
Song Sparrow.

Another chilly, gusty morning—but this time with a bright blue sky above my dog and me. Also birds. Many more birds (and species) than the past two mornings.

Most notable was the flush of a couple (or three?) American Woodcock on our way up the wooded trail just below the summit. I suspect a traveling family. And another family—phoebe fledglings—not far below that same area on our return trip.

Couldn’t get a photo of a calling Pileated Woodpecker near the end of our early hike—but I did get a pretty nice pic of a Song Sparrow.

Tomorrow, summer!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:22 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Common Yellowthroat
3. Red-eyed vireo (v)
4. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Veery
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
10. Alder Flycatcher (v)
11. Cedar Waxwing (v)
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. Song Sparrow**
14. American Woodcock
15. Yellow Warbler
16. American Robin*
17. Black-capped Chickadee
18. Savannah Sparrow (v)
19. Eastern Bluebird (v)
21. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Field Sparrow
27. Eastern Phoebe*
28. Pileated Woodpecker
29. Eastern Wood-pewee
30. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
31. Brown Creeper (v)
32. Osprey (v)


33. Mallard
34. Northern Cardinal

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


Stalking a Tanager

Thursday, June 16th, 2022
Silhouette of Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 June 2022.
Silhouette of Eastern Phoebe.

After hearing the song of a vagrant Summer Tanager yesterday, I wondered if I might hear the bird again this lovely June morning. And, sure enough, in the woodlands just below where I heard it yesterday, there it was again.

So I decided that dog and I would slip off trail to see, for the first time, the only fully red songbird in North America—and perhaps even snag a photo. [Note: I saw my very first Summer Tanager, a comely yellow female, a few weeks ago not far from this same spot.] Tell you what, it takes a lot to convince me to leave the trail into the realm of ticks and poison ivy.

We snuck toward the song and got quite near, but the bird seemed to be singing high in the canopy, with smaller leafy trees blocking my view. We moved slowly around for perhaps ten minutes, and it kept singing—until, suddenly, I heard my first real life alarm notes from this species. Decided to call off the search in hopes we hadn’t chased this fancy vagrant away.

Guess maybe we’ll find out tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:10 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. Eastern Phoebe*
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
8. Hermit Thrush (v)
9. Veery
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Brown Creeper (v)
12. American Crow*
13. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
14. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
15. Eastern Towhee
16. American Goldfinch**
17. Tufted Titmouse
18. Summer Tanager (v)
19. American Robin*
20. Alder Flycatcher
21. Gray Catbird
22. Chipping Sparrow (v)
23. Purple Finch
24. Prairie Warbler (v)
25. Field Sparrow
26. Tree Swallow
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Osprey
29. House Wren
30. Broad-winged Hawk
31. Cedar Waxwing
32. American Redstart (v)
33. Northern Parula (v)


34. Herring Gull
35. House Sparrow
36. Rock Pigeon


Gray Squirrel
Meadow Vole

(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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