14 August 2022

Posts Tagged ‘osprey’

Fly Hatch

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022
Cedar Waxwings in a fly hatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 August 2022.
Cedar Waxwings in a fly hatch.

A bit of a late start this overcast morning, thinking it might get bright enough for photos eventually. Dim it was, and pretty quiet up the wooded trails, but things got interesting at the summit again.

House Finch was new. Another oriole (which I didn’t frankly notice until I saw the photo many hours later). Bluebirds. Big birds—osprey, gull, vulture. But most exciting was probably the big ol’ fly hatch in the summit spruce grove, which had waxwings (and bluebirds) going nuts. Also a nice chat with some friends.

I’d repeat this hike. It was a good ’un.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:53 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Hermit Thrush (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Northern Cardinal** (v)
11. Gray Catbird
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Song Sparrow
15. Baltimore Oriole
16. House Wren (v)
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Eastern Wood-pewee
19. Downy Woodpecker (v)
20. House Finch
21. American Robin
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Herring Gull*
25. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
26. Yellow Warbler (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Osprey
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)


31. Mourning Dove

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


Many Towhees

Friday, July 29th, 2022
Eastern Towhee (fem), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 29 July 2022.
Eastern Towhee (fem).

An early hike after some heavy, soaking rain last evening. Wetness in the understory, a tiny bit of mud, clear skies, good birds—an auspicious time of it for dog and me.

Many, many towhees today. Adults and juveniles (the size of adults)

One noteworthy incident: While I angled to photograph a robin across a field, a hummingbird sped by within a foot of me at about 80 miles an hour—directly in front of me. I heard the hum, the hummer vanished, and a latter check of my GoPro footage caught the bird as it zipped by.

Another soaking of rain this late afternoon. Downpour, sun, downpour, sun. It’s how we do it on the coast of Maine.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:07 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Northern Cardinal* (v)
7. Cedar Waxwing
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Hairy Woodpecker
11. White-breasted Nuthatch
12. Tufted Titmouse
13. Brown Creeper
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Black-and-white Warbler
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Song Sparrow**
18. Alder Flycatcher
19. Common Yellowthroat**
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Gray Catbird
22. House Wren (v)
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Savannah Sparrow
25. American Robin
26. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
27. Field Sparrow
28. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. Northern Flicker


30. Mourning Dove
31. Osprey (v)
32. Herring Gull

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


Field Sparrow

Thursday, July 28th, 2022
Field Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 July 2022.
Field Sparrow.

A later hike than the past couple-three days—but what a luscious hike it was. Mostly clear, cool to start, fewer mosquitoes, and a bunch of bird species. Captain Jack had plenty of smells to investigate, peed here and there. Spied a hummingbird.

And took photos of a particularly cooperative Field Sparrow. Handsome little birds these are. Thanks, little guy.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. Northern Cardinal** (v)
4. American Goldfinch
5. American Crow*
6. Ovenbird (v)
7. Veery (v)
8. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
9. Wild Turkey (v)
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. Eastern Wood-pewee
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. Brown Creeper (v)
16. Black-capped Chickadee**
17. Northern Flicker (v)
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. Eastern Towhee
21. Alder Flycatcher (c)
22. Song Sparrow
23. Gray Catbird
24. American Robin
25. Yellow Warbler
26. Cedar Waxwing
27. House Wren
28. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
29. Field Sparrow
30. Herring Gull*
31. Eastern Bluebird
32. Blue Jay (v)
33. Eastern Phoebe
34. Chestnut-sided Warbler
35. Osprey (v)
36. Broad-winged Hawk (v)


37. Mourning Dove

(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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