26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘palm warbler’

Firsts-of-year

Thursday, May 12th, 2022
Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 May 2022.
Gray Catbird.

Had a good sleep and awoke to a semi-foggy yet rather warm morning. Checked online and found that the overnight wind direction was south. Decided 12 May might be an auspicious day.

And, by golly, it sorta was: most species in Maine so far, along with four first-of-year birds—and ten warblers total. (Three of the warblers were first of year.) Also got my first photo of a catbird, which was something of a thrill. We also surprised a White-tailed Deer down the lower wooded trail, and I got to watch how they fly in great bounds through the understory (unlike the Mule Deers’ funny hop through the scrub.

Back home, had another few nice looks—including a turkey in the west yard. Plus, as a find bonus, I rode more than eight miles on my bicycle (first ride since I lived here last—lovely).

All in all, a very nice day.

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

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-and-white Warbler**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler**
4. Pine Warbler**
5. Northern Parula**
6. American Goldfinch
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Blue Jay
12. Gray Catbird
13. American Crow*
14. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
15. Nashville Warbler† (v)
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Song Sparrow
18. Rose-breasted Grosbeak†
19. Common Yellowthroat†
20. American Robin
21. Chipping Sparrow**
22. Northern Cardinal*
23. Eastern Phoebe*
24. Osprey
25. Broad-winged Hawk*
26. Hermit Thrush (v)
27. Field Sparrow
28. White-throated Sparrow
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Palm Warbler
31. American Redstart†
32. Red-winged Blackbird
33. White-breasted Nuthatch
34. Herring Gull*
35. Blue-headed Vireo

Elsewhere

36. Wild Turkey
37. Mourning Dove
38. European Starling
39. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

Early Warblers

Friday, May 6th, 2022

Had four wood-warblers on my list from my hike with dog this morning. That’s just a few compared to what will be arriving in the next week or so.

Exciting.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. Eastern Phoebe
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Black-and-white Warbler
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Black-throated Green Warbler
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Tufted Titmouse**
11. Gray Catbird (v)
12. Ovenbird (v)
13. White-throated Sparrow
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Tree Swallow
17. White-crowned Sparrow
18. American Robin
19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
20. Eastern Bluebird
21. Savannah Sparrow (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Palm Warbler
24. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
25. Broad-winged Hawk
26. Purple Finch
27. Mourning Dove (v)
28. Field Sparrow
29. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
30. Turkey Vulture
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Northern Cardinal* (v)

Elsewhere

33. Herring Gull
34. Mallard

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

†First-of-year

Fun Morning

Sunday, May 1st, 2022
Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04856.
Eastern Phoebe.

Had an eerie sense of déjà vu during my Beech Hill hike with Jack this early morning. As if caught between two times and places. After thousands of hikes up the hill over the years, we took a couple-three years off—and still I feel kind of caught in between Utah and Maine.

The trails were wider, the trailside underbrush cleared out. (No doubt this helps discourage black-legged ticks.) But after following all trails today, I felt I’d recollected all there is to know about the place. I’m sure that’s not entirely true—but still.

Thirty-two bird species. (Yay!) Among them many old familiar faces, beaks, eyes, habits. Could hardly stop searching—then admiring—whenever we’d hear the voice of a new bird.

A very fun morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:58 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Cardinal
2. Eastern Towhee
3. Chipping Sparrow
4. Turkey Vulture
5. American Crow
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. White-throated Sparrow (v)
10. Palm Warbler
11. Barn Swallow
12. Tree Swallow
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Savannah Sparrow
15. Song Sparrow
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
18. Herring Gull
19. Osprey (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Hairy Woodpecker
22. Pileated Woodpecker
23. Hermit Thrush
24. Greater Yellowlegs (v)
25. White-breasted Nuthatch
26. Brown Creeper
27. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
28. Downy Woodpecker (v)
29. Northern Flicker (v)
30. Canada Goose (v)
31. Broad-winged Hawk
32. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

33. Rock Pigeon
34. European Starling

(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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