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Ovenbird

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023
Ovenbird
Ovenbird.

Rained overnight, and the morning trails were watery when Captain Jack and I hit the hill. Chilly enough for a sweatshirt, but calm, with air that had the fragrance of fall.

Plenty of birds—I suppose thanks to a change in wind direction—including a minor fallout of yellow-rumps, a very vocal kinglet, and some vocal woodpecker species. Most notable would be an Ovenbird that was hanging out with a Hermit Thrush. (They do look a little alike, I guess.)

To top things off, in afternoon, another dog (Oscar) and I walked the Rockland Breakwater—which will explain a few species listed below.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:01 a.m. EST (9:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Song Sparrow
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. American Crow*
8. American Robin
9. Eastern Towhee (v)
10. Purple Finch (v)
11. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
12. Gray Catbird** (v)
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
16. Hermit Thrush
17. Ovenbird
18. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

19. Mallard
20. Northern Cardinal
21. Herring Gull
22. Bald Eagle
23. Double-crested Cormorant

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Harbor Seal

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

†First-of-year

Random Tanager

Monday, September 4th, 2023
Scarlet Tanager (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 August 2023.
Scarlet Tanager (female).

Another nippy morning—low-60s (F) to start—that warmed into a lovely late-summer day. On the hill, birds were stirring, including one species I hadn’t encountered since spring: Scarlet Tanager. I heard a high, loud, abrupt call that I didn’t recognize coming from up in the wooded canopy. Turned out to be a female tanager. (Learned another bird call today!)

Other notables were a random Ovenbird, two overflying Ospreys, and—for the second straight day—a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

I’ll take a day like this one, well, any day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:51 a.m. EST (7:51 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
2. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
3. Gray Catbird**
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. American Crow*
8. Scarlet Tanager
9. Eastern Bluebird (v)
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Ovenbird (v)
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Common Yellowthroat (v)
16. American Goldfinch
17. Song Sparrow
18. Eastern Phoebe
19. Osprey
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Black-capped Chickadee**
22. Hermit Thrush
23. Tufted Titmouse (v)
24. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

23. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Revving Up

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023
Sharp-shinned Hawks, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 August 2023.
Sharp-shinned Hawks.

It was a cool one, this morning. I hesitate to say I smelled a whiff of fall, considering autumn’s still a month away, but the weather conditions weren’t the only signs of the changing seasons. A number of migratory birds seemed to be revving up for a journey.

A pair of sharpies, for instance, circling in the cloudless sky, the smaller male occasionally charging at the larger female. Vultures also circled overhead. And in the woods tiny warblers chased and flitted nervously.

“Time doth flit,” wrote Dorothy Parker. It won’t be long, I suppose.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:06 a.m. EST (8:06 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Gray Catbird**
3. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. American Robin
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. American Crow*
14. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
18. Cedar Waxwing
19. Sharp-shinned Hawk
20. Song Sparrow
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Turkey Vulture
24. Common Yellowthroat

Elsewhere

25. Mourning Dove
26. Wild Turkey
27. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

(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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