2 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘prairie warbler’

Woodpeckers

Saturday, July 16th, 2022
Northern Flicker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 July 2022.
Northern Flicker.

I don’t sat about woodpeckers, but I should. Our Maine patch, dog and I, has many species, and they’re a unique enough bird niche that I like ’em a lot. We’ve got the big ol’ fancy Pileated Woodpecker, the Northern Flicker (eastern race), the similar Hairies and Downies, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Plenty to get excited about.

Today I spied (or heard) four species. Other days I’ve had six—or none. They have (vastly or subtly) different calls, different drumming habits, slightly different habitats. IDs can be tricky without visual (or, in the case of downies and hairies, even with a visual).

I like the challenge. I love the drumming. Essentially, I’m infatuated with woodpeckers.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:12 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. Common Yellowthroat
4. Ovenbird** (v)
5. American Goldfinch**
6. Blue Jay
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. American Robin
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
14. American Redstart (v)
15. Brown Creeper (v)
16. Eastern Wood-pewee
17. Hermit Thrush
18. Northern Flicker
19. Gray Catbird
20. Alder Flycatcher (v)
21. Field Sparrow
22. Cedar Waxwing
23. Song Sparrow**
24. Yellow Warbler
25. Eastern Phoebe
26. Purple Finch (v)
27. Savannah Sparrow
28. Prairie Warbler (v)
29. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
30. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
31. House Wren
32. Common Raven (v)
33. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
34. Chipping Sparrow
35. Yellow-bellied sapsucker (v)
36. Veery (v)

Elsewhere

37. Northern Cardinal (v)
38. Mourning Dove
39. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

Thrushy Morn

Friday, July 15th, 2022
Wood Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 July 2022.
Wood Thrush.

Had a lovely hike with dog this morning. Coolish, a slight breeze, bright sun above the shady early canopy. The most memorable moment came early, when a Wood Thrush flitted up onto a branch directly in front of us. I froze. Jack froze. I took a bunch of photos in the dim light, hoping one or two would come out OK.

(Wood Thrushes are a shy breed, in my experience, so I felt rather blessed.)

My list also had Veery, Hermit Thrush, and American Robin. That’s enough for me to call this a thrushy morn.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:22 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Ovenbird** (v)
5. American Goldfinch**
6. Cedar Waxwing
7. Wood Thrush
8. Veery (v)
9. American Robin*
10. Brown Creeper
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. White-breasted Nuthatch
13. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
14. Hairy Woodpecker
15. Eastern Wood-pewee
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Common Yellowthroat**
18. Gray Catbird**
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Alder Flycatcher (v)
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. Hermit Thrush
23. Chestnut-sided Warbler
24. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
25. Prairie Warbler (v)
26. Yellow Warbler
27. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
28. Song Sparrow*
29. Herring Gull*
30. House Wren (v)
31. Blue Jay (v)
32. Savannah Sparrow
33. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

34. Northern Cardinal (v)
35. Mourning Dove
36. Rock Pigeon
37. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
38. Carolina Wren
39. Eastern Phoebe

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

†First-of-year

A Bit Warmer

Thursday, July 14th, 2022
Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 July 2022.
Chipping Sparrow on the trail.

We didn’t hike as early as yesterday, dog and I, and the temperature was a bit warmer, and the air was still, and the woods were pretty quiet to start. Had only about dozen species on my list by the time we reached the top of the lower wooded trail (which I now find I like to begin with)—but then things got a little interesting.

Quite a nice selection today—though nothing too outlandish. My personal best moment, perhaps, was hearing the voice of a raven late in our hike. (I miss ravens.)

A few birds posed, many more demurred. But that’s OK. There’s always tomorrow to look forward to.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:07 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. Hermit Thrush (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Ovenbird**
5. American Crow*
6. American Goldfinch**
7. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
8. Veery (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler
13. Common Yellowthroat**
14. Alder Flycatcher (v)
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. Song Sparrow**
17. Gray Catbird
18. American Robin*
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Eastern Towhee
21. Prairie Warbler (v)
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Savannah Sparrow
24. Mourning Dove (wing whistle)
25. Chipping Sparrow (v)
26. Northern Parula (v)
27. Purple Finch (v)
28. Brown Creeper (v)
29. Downy Woodpecker
30. Northern Flicker (v)
31. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
32. Common Raven (v)
33. Tufted Titmouse

Elsewhere

34. Northern Cardinal (v)
35. Eastern Phoebe

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

 
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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