24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘Red-bellied Snake’

A Fine Morning

Saturday, August 12th, 2023
Cedar Waxwings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 August 2023.
Cedar Waxwings.

Cool and bright this morning. The birds remain quiet for the most part, although occasionally I could spy a little warbler poking about in the canopy along the wooded trail. An Osprey soared over the barrens up top, and waxwings crowned the spruces, as usual these days.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:54 a.m. EST (7:54 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. American Goldfinch
4. Common Raven (v)
5. Eastern Wood-pewee**
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. American Crow*
8. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Hermit Thrush (v)
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Gray Catbird (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Herring Gull
17. Song Sparrow
18. Osprey*
19. Yellow Warbler (v)
20. American Redstart
21. American Robin (v)

Elsewhere

22. Mourning Dove

Reptiles

Red-bellied Snake

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

†First-of-year

Overcast

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023
Scarlet Tanager (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 May 2023.
Scarlet Tanager (male).

A wonderfully overcast day. I love sunny days, of course, and snowy winter days, and days of every other kind of skies—but every so often comes a special overcast that seems to me protective, like a blanket. This was one of those.

What’s more, lots of birds—including a couple of firsts-of-year: Red-eyed Vireo and Great Crested Flycatcher. (Also a two firsts elsewhere.) And plenty of other resident species have yet to arrive, which makes for the certainty of near-future excitement.

Also had the honor of holding a Red-bellied Snake, for a moment, gently. The snake was another first of year.

The trails were dry this morning for the first time in a while, but a few overnight rain showers are forecast, then sun tomorrow. Already imagining what sort of day it’ll be.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:18 a.m. sun time (7:18 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. American Goldfinch** (v)
4. Black-and-white Warbler** (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. Scarlet Tanager
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Blue Jay** (v)
9. Eastern Towhee**
10. Wood Thrush (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee**
12. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
13. Red-eyed Vireo†
14. Eastern Phoebe (v)
15. Veery (v)
16. Nashville Warbler (v)
17. American Crow*
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Northern Parula (v)
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Song Sparrow*
22. Common Yellowthroat**
23. Eastern Bluebird
24. Yellow Warbler** (v)
25. White-breasted Nuthatch**
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Mourning Dove* (v)
28. American Robin*
29. Brown-headed Cowbird
30. Hermit Thrush (v)
31. Northern Cardinal** (v)
32. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
33. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
34. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Great Crested Flycatcher† (v)
36. Wild Turkey (v)
37. Dark-eyed Junco

Elsewhere

38. Herring Gull
39. House Sparrow
40. House Finch
41. Laughing Gull†
42. Ruby-throated Hummingbird†
43. European Starling
44. Osprey
45. Canada Goose

Reptiles

Red-bellied Snake

(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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