23 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘palm warbler’


Sunday, May 5th, 2019
Black-and-white Warbler (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 May 2019.
Black-and-white Warbler (first of year).

I’d predicted a little fallout tomorrow. Turned out it happened today. At 8.a.m., as soon as dog and I hit the wooded trailhead, the birds began to flit through: first-of-year Ovenbird, first-of-year Black-and-white Warbler, Blue-headed Vireos, Palm Warblers, yellow-rumps, and more.

White-throated Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 May 2019.
White-throated Sparrow.

Ended up with 32 species, three of them first-of-year birds.

All in all a damn fun Cinco de Mayo.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Robin**
2. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
3. American Goldfinch
4. Ovenbird† (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler†
6. White-breasted Nuthatch**
7. Blue-headed Vireo
8. Northern Cardinal (v)
9. Palm Warbler
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Herring Gull*
12. Northern Flicker
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. White-throated Sparrow
18. Tree Swallow
19. Field Sparrow (v)
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
23. American Crow*
24. Blue Jay
25. Chipping Sparrow**
26. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
27. Pileated Woodpecker
28. Least Flycatcher† (v)
29. Brown-headed Cowbird
30. Purple Finch (v)
31. Common Raven
32. Broad-winged Hawk*


33. Barred Owl
34. House Finch
35. Great Blue Heron

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

The Owl Persists

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Snowy Owl, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 April 2019.
Snowy Owl.

Foggy again early, but it burned off into an overcast pretty quickly. Hit the hill with Jack and right away started listing birds. A lot of birds. Had nearly a score before we reached the summit.

Palm Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 April 2019.
Palm Warbler.

One of those was quite apparent: a Snowy Owl, a male far down the eastern slope. Hard to miss the little white snowman against the snowless landscape. I feel sure this was the same bird I saw two days ago—and likely the bird the crows were mobbing in the fog yesterday, after all—but he looked a lot dryer and happier.

Had a lot of interesting birds, including a first singing Savannah Sparrow and a first-of-year Brown Thrasher (which I heard before spotting). Another towhee, but still no glimpse. Bluebirds and Tree Swallows and yellow-rumps and Palm Warblers.

All in all a wondrous hour’s walk this morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail (and then some).

1. Song Sparrow**
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. White-throated Sparrow (v)
4. Purple Finch (v)
5. Brown-headed Cowbird
6. American Robin (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Northern Cardinal** (v)
9. Eastern Phoebe**
10. Tufted Titmouse
11. Black-capped Chickadee**
12. Chipping Sparrow**
13. Field Sparrow
14. Blue Jay** (v)
15. Northern Flicker (v)
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17. Herring Gull* (v)
18. American Crow*
19. Common Raven (v)
20. Palm Warbler
21. Tree Swallow
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Snowy Owl
24. Eastern Towhee (v)
25. American Kestrel
26. Brown Thrasher†
27. Double-crested Cormorant
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
30. Pileated Woodpecker


31. House Finch (v)
32. Mourning Dove
33. House Sparrow (v)
34. European Starling
35. Common Grackle
36. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Fog, Revisited

Sunday, April 21st, 2019
Palm Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 April 2019.
Palm Warbler.

Third straight foggy morning. Third straight warmish morning. This one had little wind, though, so the fog was thick and heavy. Still, birds arrived. First-of-year Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Little band of warblers. White-throated Sparrows singing all over the place—their sweet voices made nearer by the fog.

Out in the back fields, crows were mobbing something. Jack and I headed back there to see if it might be the owl again, but whatever it was flew before we arrived. I suspect it was a hawk in a tree.

More fog tomorrow, so I understand.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. White-throated Sparrow (v)
2. Song Sparrow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Purple Finch (v)
5. Brown-headed Cowbird** (v)
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Ruby-crowned Kinglet†
9. Northern Cardinal** (v)
10. American Robin (v)
11. American Goldfinch (v)
12. American Crow*
13. Chipping Sparrow**
14. Eastern Phoebe**
15. Palm Warbler
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17. Tufted Titmouse


18. House Finch
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Herring Gull
21. Mallard

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson

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