22 July 2024

Posts Tagged ‘prairie warbler’

Jewel in the Rain

Friday, August 25th, 2023
Prairie Warbler (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 August 2023.
Prairie Warbler (juvie).

Dog and I hiked in the rain this morning. Not a hard rain, but a steady one for much of it. Hardly any birds to start, but I began to hear some in the woodlands—and after the rain let up a bit, got a glimpse of a few species.

The highlight: a juvenile Prairie Warbler that popped up for a photo at the very end of our hike. First prairie I’ve seen this year (although I heard ’em singing in spring).

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:28 a.m. EST (8:28 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Cedar Waxwing
2. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. American Redstart
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
7. Gray Catbird
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Song Sparrow
11. American Crow* (v)
12. Prairie Warbler

Elsewhere

13. Wild Turkey
14. Herring Gull
15. Northern Cardinal (v)
16. Double-crested Cormorant
17. Osprey
18. Rock Pigeon

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

†First-of-year

Overcast

Friday, July 14th, 2023
Brown-headed Cowbird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 July 2023.
Brown-headed Cowbird (juvie).

Warm to start under mostly cloudy skies—about room temperature out. Light winds, drier than in recent days. Thunderstorms forecast for this evening, though, so coming days will be wetter.

Invasive Brown-tailed Moths litter the trails these days—I suppose they live short lives in the moth stage, just long enough to lay eggs. The caterpillars really got me this year.

Birds were active, despite (perhaps because of?) the overcast. Most notable were a raven, a gull, and a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird. (I’d rather have a brown-headed critter than a brown-tailed one any ol’ day.)

Might get wet tomorrow, dog and I. We shall see!

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:06 a.m. EST (8:06 DST), I hiked all trails.

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

Elsewhere

33. Mallard
34. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

More Birds

Sunday, July 9th, 2023
A very young Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 July 2023.
Very young Common Yellowthroat.

The prognosticators were right: fog this morning. Not real warm, but warm enough to feel the impressive humidity of the air. And the birds—many more birds than just a couple months ago—didn’t seem to mind.

Many more birds because of reproduction, of course. And still the mission of keeping all those fledglings safe and healthy is in the misty air.

I often wonder just how many more birds are fluttering around at this time of year than there were at, say, the beginning of May. Twice as many? Three times as many? More?

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:49 a.m. EST (8:49 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
2. Northern Cardinal* (v)
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. Veery
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. American Goldfinch
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Song Sparrow
12. American Robin*
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe (v)
16. Chipping Sparrow (v)
17. House Finch
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Field Sparrow
20. Prairie Warbler (v)
21. American Crow* (v)
22. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
23. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
25. Hermit Thrush (v)
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
28. Downy Woodpecker
29. Wood Thrush (v)
30. Mourning Dove (v)
31. Blue Jay (v)
32. Northern Flicker
33. Tufted Titmouse (v)
34. Cedar Waxwing
35. Savannah Sparrow
36. Eastern Bluebird
37. Merlin†
38. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

39. Mallard

(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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