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August Warblers

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 August 2023.

The sun emerged this morning first thing, but the air remained nighttime-cool. I almost smelled a nip of fall in the air—but not quite. And it warmed up a lot as the day lengthened.

The excitement of the day—other than the random appearance of a kestrel—turned out to be a little batch of silent warblers. Their silence has persisted for a good while now, but sighting them has been a challenge, what with the tendency of most to stick to the leafy canopy. But I managed four on my list this morning (and photographed three).

Weather-wise, tomorrow’s supposed to be a similar kind of day. Hmmm…

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:13 a.m. EST (8:13 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. American Goldfinch
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. Eastern Wood-pewee** (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. American Crow*
8. Black-throated Green Warbler
9. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
10. Ovenbird
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. Gray Catbird
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Song Sparrow
18. American Kestrel


19. Mourning Dove
20. Wild Turkey
21. Rock Pigeon


White-tailed Deer

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


Feeding Season

Saturday, August 19th, 2023

Ah, what a lovely cool, clear, breezy morning. As we headed up through the woods, dog and I, we encountered more birds than in the past few days—and a few notable species not encountered in a good while. A Philadelphia Vireo, for instance, and the call of a Canada Warbler, and a juvie chippy poking about in the canopy.

The largest mouthful of caterpillars, however, belonged to a clucking Hermit Thrush which agreeably posed for a photo.

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

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. White-breasted Nuthatch
6. Eastern Wood-pewee
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Chipping Sparrow
10. Philadelphia Vireo†
11. Hermit Thrush
12. Ovenbird
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. American Crow*
15. Canada Warbler†
16. Gray Catbird** (v)
17. Common Yellowthroat** (v)
18. Song Sparrow
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Herring Gull*
21. American Redstart
22. Cedar Waxwing


23. Mourning Dove
24. Northern Cardinal (v)
25. Wild Turkey

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


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


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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