18 May 2024

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Firsts of Year

Sunday, April 9th, 2023

What a lovely morning! Clear and freezing to start, but not too much wind and warming fast. Two first-of-year species (Hermit Thrush and Brown-headed Cowbird), and a nice run-in with a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker doing its signature syncopated drumming on a particularly resonant trunk.

Harrier, bluebirds, robins, grouse, kinglet. Twenty-six species today—but those numbers will rise soon enough.

Every morning’s like a birthday.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:16 a.m. real time (7:16 DST), I hiked all trails—and then some.

1. Tufted Titmouse**
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Eastern Phoebe*
5. Brown Creeper
6. Blue Jay (v)
7. American Crow*
8. Northern Cardinal* (v)
9. American Robin*
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. Downy Woodpecker
13. White-breasted Nuthatch
14. Ruffed Grouse
15. Golden-crowned Kinglet
16. Pileated Woodpecker
17. Song Sparrow
18. Pine Siskin (v)
19. Red-winged Blackbird
20. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
21. Mourning Dove
22. Hermit Thrush
23. Brown-headed Cowbird
24. Red-breasted Nuthatch
25. Northern Harrier
26. Herring Gull


27. Mallard (v)
28. Northern Flicker
29. Dark-eyed Junco

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



Wednesday, April 5th, 2023
Eastern Phoebe (first of year), Rockport, Maine, 05 April 2023.
Eastern Phoebe (first of year).

This morning’s sky was overcast, and the air had wind and a chill. Becuase of those conditions, I didn’t expect many birds, but I was pleasantly wrong.

Most notable would be a pair of eagles flying over early on and the first chipmunk in a while and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker drumming down in the woods and a flushed woodcock. And then, back home, a first-of-year phoebe perched on a twig by the house, flicking its tail.

I had the distinct feeling today that spring migration is all wound up and ready to go. Looking forward to my hike with dog in the morning (after tonight’s rain).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:51 a.m. real time (7:51 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Song Sparrow* (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. Bald Eagle
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Herring Gull*
8. American Kestrel
9. Dark-eyed Junco* (v)
10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker† (v)
11. American Woodcock
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Downy Woodpecker* (v)
15. Northern Cardinal** (v)


16. Wild Turkey
17. Mourning Dove
18. Eastern Phoebe†


Eastern Chipmunk

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



Monday, February 20th, 2023
Two crows, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 February 2023.
Two crows.

A balmy, lowery morning. Temps in the mid- to upper-40s (F). Most of the snow had melted, still a little ice.

Mud like in spring—and more birds than I expected. No excellent photos, considering the dim light and secretive birds, but I did spy a siskin among some goldfinches, and got a pic of a pair of crows in a pine tree.

Ducks and a cardinal at home.

Another interesting day upcoming—and some snow later in the week, it appeares. Dog and I will be ready for whatever comes our way.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Crow*
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Pine Siskin
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Eastern Bluebird (v)
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. American Robin (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


12. Northern Cardinal (v)
13. Mallard
14. Rock Pigeon
15. Herring Gull


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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