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Monday, July 22nd, 2019
Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 July 2019.
Chipping Sparrow.

A cool and breezy morning. Ahhh. Still mosquitos, ticks, and flies about, but oh, well. Totally worth it.

The usual suspects, along with a couple less common birds. One of the grosbeak families has fledged its young, so that’s happening. No other humans on the hill this lush Sunday morning.

Occurred to me (again) that there are at least twice as many birds around here as there were a mere three months ago. Sure, most of ’em will be gone by winter—but still.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. American Robin* (v)
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Mourning Dove* (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. American Goldfinch (v)
11. Song Sparrow*
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. American Crow*
16. Alder Flycatcher*
17. Gray Catbird*
18. Field Sparrow*
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Eastern Phoebe*
21. Eastern Bluebird (v)
22. Yellow Warbler*
24. Rose-breasted grosbeak
25.White-breasted Nuthatch
26. Northern Cardinal


27. Pileated Woodpecker
27. Herring Gull
28. Rock Pigeon
29. House Sparrow
30. Red-winged Blackbird (v)


23. Herring Gull

Bluebirds and Blueberries

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
Silhouette of bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 July 2019.
Silhouette of bluebird.

Sunny, warm morning—but with a cooling breeze. Very quiet early, although a few birds began to pipe up before long. Noteworthy was a bunch of parental activity: feeding the youngsters, keeping them in line, distracting a human and a dog from finding them out.

Ripening blueberries, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 July 2019.
Ripening blueberries.

Spied a female Pileated Woodpecker hunting for food in the forest floor down in the trees

Bluebirds still looking to nest in the summit box. Phoebe in the north peak of the hut. And blueberries seemingly ripening fast.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
2. Eastern Towhee**
3. American Robin*
4. Ovenbird
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
6. Chipping Sparrow
7. American Crow*
8. Eastern Phoebe*
9. Gray Catbird **
10. Common Yellowthroat**
11. Song Sparrow
12. Nashville Warbler (v)
13. Field Sparrow
14. Cedar Waxwing
15. Northern Cardinal** (v)
16. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
17. Black-and-white warbler
18. Purple Finch (v)
19. American Goldfinch**
20. Eastern Bluebird
21. Northern Flicker
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Pileated Woodpecker
24. Mourning Dove*
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)


27. Herring Gull
28. Wild Turkey
29. Rock Pigeon
30. European Starling
31. Blue Jay
32. Tufted Titmouse

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
*Voice only elsewhere

A Time of Shade

Monday, June 24th, 2019
Common Yellowthroat (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 June 2019.
Common Yellowthroat (male).

Summer is a time of shade. This morning dog and I got to the hill pretty early, after the sun had barely risen above the eastern canopy, now thick with new green leaves. The shadows were long, the light on the understory filtered and diffuse. The wild birds—with nestlings or fledglings or other secret business—lurked in shadow.

Whenever Jack and I moved into the shade, however, we were beset upon by mosquitoes. A dilemma: Do we hurry to the warm sun patches, where our fur or sweatshirt made us pant or sweat? Or do we linger in the cool of the shadows, where the action was.

Truth be told, we did a little of both.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail—and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Ovenbird
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Alder Flycatcher
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Song Sparrow
12. Nashville Warbler
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. American Goldfinch
15. Tree Swallow
16. Field Sparrow
17. Eastern Phoebe
18. American Crow
19. Blue Jay
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Yellow Warbler
22. Black-billed Cuckoo
23. Gray Catbird
24. Purple Finch
25. Eastern Wood-pewee
26. Black-capped Chickadee
27. Pileated Woodpecker
28. Downy Woodpecker
29. White-breasted Nuthatch
30. American Robin
31. Black-throated Green Warbler
32. American Redstart


33. Herring Gull
34. Northern Cardinal

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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