30 September 2022

Posts Tagged ‘pileated woodpecker’

Farewell Summer

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022
Pileated Woodpecker (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2022.
Pileated Woodpecker (male).

Sometime overnight the clouds dispersed, making this last summer day a sunny one. Also chilly, but in a good way. Rather quiet overall—but one of the first bird species to appear provided some early excitement.

A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, tearing into a birch near the trailhead. They were excavating the heck out of that thing. And they had a couple exciting interactions, when the dominant bird chased the other around the tree a few times until it flew off to a new trunk nearby.

Three other woodpecker species, a couple of corvids, and a bunch of the usual suspects rounded out my last-day-of-summer list.

Bring it on, sweet autumn!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:38 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Pileated Woodpecker
4. American Crow*
5. Hairy Woodpecker
6. Gray Catbird
7. American Robin
8. Northern Flicker
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. American Goldfinch
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Purple Finch (v)
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat (v)
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
16. Song Sparrow
17. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)


18. Rock Pigeon
19. Herring Gull
20. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


Swainson’s Thrush

Saturday, September 10th, 2022
Swainson’s Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2022.
Swainson’s Thrush.

No clouds in the sky this fair morning, but a light wind blowing from the west. Few birds to start, but it seems at this time of year they’re moving around in the edges, readying for migration.

Most notable? A cooperative Swainson’s Thrush that posed for me. I’ve seen so few of these—maybe four or five, tops—that it’s still a thrill. Especially when I have photographic proof. Also noteworthy: another Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and a little wave of Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Nice species count today. What count might I have tomorrow? I wonder.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. American Robin (v)
6. Cedar Waxwing
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Gray Catbird
10. Swainson’s Thrush
11. American Goldfinch
12. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
13. Common Yellowthroat (v)
14. Blue Jay**
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Song Sparrow
18. Herring Gull*
19. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Tufted Titmouse (v)
23. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
24. Pileated Woodpecker (v)


25. Mourning Dove


Eastern Chipmunk

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


Beautiful Day

Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Blue Jay, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 September 2022.
Blue Jay.

The air was clean and cool and dry, the sky was blue with a few clouds, the breeze was fickle, and the birds were furtive—but present. What a beautiful morning.

Right away a thrush appeared, hopping up the trail. Before long, a couple-three woodpeckers, a crow and a jay, a wood-pewee, nuthatches… At the summit, dog and I met a friend we hadn’t seen in a while, and we had a good, long chat. A swallow showed up—and a very loud military jet (first I recall seeing up there).

And, at the end of our hike, a Blue Jay on a blue sky day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Hermit Thrush
2. Downy Woodpecker (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. Blue Jay
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. White-breasted Nuthatch**
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker
11. American Redstart
12. Pileated Woodpecker
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Gray Catbird
15. American Goldfinch (v)
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
17. Eastern Phoebe
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Osprey
20. Turkey Vulture
21. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
22. Tree Swallow


23. Northern Cardinal (v)
24. Mourning Dove


Eastern Gray Squirrel

(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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