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Posts Tagged ‘red-bellied woodpecker’


Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
Swainson’s Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 May 2019.
Swainson’s Thrush.

This morning was cloudy and blue, with a breeze—but not a cold one. Also plenty of black flies. Which of course meant warblers. Lots of warblers. Also vireos, thrushes, woodpeckers, etc.

This is that time of year when you never know what you might encounter. Today I spied two species I don’t see often—maybe once every three years or so. Eastern Kingbird and Swainson’s Thrush. The thing I love about such birds is that I know then when I see them, despite there being a bunch of days between sightings.

Other species like that are yesterday’s first-of-year (Blackburnian Warbler) and the Swamp Sparrow I saw some weeks ago.

Tomorrow will bring rain—but also perhaps surprises.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hike the open trail.

1. American Robin*
2. Ovenbird (v)
3. Northern Cardinal** (v)
4. Black-throated Green Warbler
5. American Redstart**
6. American Goldfinch** (v)
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Veery (v)
10. Red-eyed Vireo
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. Scarlet Tanager
13. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Gray Catbird** (v)
16. Northern Parula
17. Common Yellowthroat**
18. Pileated Woodpecker
19. Tree Swallow
20. Yellow Warbler (v)
21. American Crow* (v)
22. Purple Finch (v)
23. Northern Flicker (v)
24. Song Sparrow**
25. Alder Flycatcher
26. Eastern Phoebe*
27. American Kestrel
28. Field Sparrow (v)
29. Eastern Kingbird†
30. Common Raven
31. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
32. Wood thrush (v)
33. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
34. Hermit Thrush (v)
35. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
36. Downy Woodpecker (v)
37. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
38. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
39. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)


40. Chipping Sparrow
41. House Finch (v)
42. Herring Gull
43. Rock Pigeon
44. House Sparrow (v)
45. European Starling
46. Wild Turkey

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird


Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 March 2019.
Pileated Woodpecker.

The Pileated Woodpecker was back this morning, holding a battle of the drummers at another male of his species a ways down the road. Minutes of watching his careful, purposeful listening and drumming gave me a feeling of almost blissful calm.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Northern Cardinal**
2. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
5. Pileated Woodpecker
6. American Crow*
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. American Robin*
9. Eastern Bluebird (v)
10. Mourning Dove* (v)
11. American Goldfinch
12. Herring Gull*


13. House Finch (v)
14. European Starling

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Sweet Morning

Monday, March 25th, 2019
Chickadee of the morning, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 March 2019.
Chickadee of the morning.

Clear skies this morning, and a brisk northwest wind. Not conducive to spring migration, but I got a fairly good list anyway—including, at home, a random Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Robins in the sumac, goldfinches, a solo turkey vulture. A sweet early spring morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
4. Turkey Vulture
5. American Robin*
6. American Goldfinch**
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Common Raven (v)


9. House Finch (v)
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker
11. Herring Gull
12. European Starling

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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