14 April 2024

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Ovenbird

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023
Ovenbird
Ovenbird.

Rained overnight, and the morning trails were watery when Captain Jack and I hit the hill. Chilly enough for a sweatshirt, but calm, with air that had the fragrance of fall.

Plenty of birds—I suppose thanks to a change in wind direction—including a minor fallout of yellow-rumps, a very vocal kinglet, and some vocal woodpecker species. Most notable would be an Ovenbird that was hanging out with a Hermit Thrush. (They do look a little alike, I guess.)

To top things off, in afternoon, another dog (Oscar) and I walked the Rockland Breakwater—which will explain a few species listed below.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:01 a.m. EST (9:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Song Sparrow
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. American Crow*
8. American Robin
9. Eastern Towhee (v)
10. Purple Finch (v)
11. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
12. Gray Catbird** (v)
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
16. Hermit Thrush
17. Ovenbird
18. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

19. Mallard
20. Northern Cardinal
21. Herring Gull
22. Bald Eagle
23. Double-crested Cormorant

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Harbor Seal

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

†First-of-year

Hark, a Lark

Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
Horned Lark (immature male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 September 2023.
Horned Lark (immature male)

This first day of autumn brought a morning much like yesterday’s: sunny, cool, and fragrant. It also brought a surprising bird species: a Horned Lark. They’re not rare on the hill, but they typically come in small flocks. I rarely see just one, as I did today. An immature male, the bird was poking around the edges of the main trail—and at one point got very near to dog and me as we stood still, and I took photos.

Another oddball was a Nashville Warbler (haven’t seen any since spring, and few then), adult and juvie Hermit Thrush, and a bunch of the usual suspects.

All in all, a fun one.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:24 a.m. EST (8:24 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Brown Creeper (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch**
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
9. White-throated Sparrow (v)
10. Nashville Warbler
11. Hermit Thrush
12. Gray Catbird
13. Purple Finch (v)
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. American Goldfinch (v)
16. Horned Lark
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Eastern Bluebird
20. American Crow* (v)

Elsewhere

21. Northern Cardinal
22. Herring Gull
23. Belted Kingfisher (v)
24. Canada Goose (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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

†First-of-year

Revving Up

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023
Sharp-shinned Hawks, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 August 2023.
Sharp-shinned Hawks.

It was a cool one, this morning. I hesitate to say I smelled a whiff of fall, considering autumn’s still a month away, but the weather conditions weren’t the only signs of the changing seasons. A number of migratory birds seemed to be revving up for a journey.

A pair of sharpies, for instance, circling in the cloudless sky, the smaller male occasionally charging at the larger female. Vultures also circled overhead. And in the woods tiny warblers chased and flitted nervously.

“Time doth flit,” wrote Dorothy Parker. It won’t be long, I suppose.

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

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Gray Catbird**
3. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. American Robin
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. American Crow*
14. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
18. Cedar Waxwing
19. Sharp-shinned Hawk
20. Song Sparrow
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Turkey Vulture
24. Common Yellowthroat

Elsewhere

25. Mourning Dove
26. Wild Turkey
27. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

(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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