14 August 2022

Posts Tagged ‘red-bellied woodpecker’

Swallows on a Cloudy Morn

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

Overcast and cool (low-60s (F)) this morning, with just a whisper of a breeze. Quiet on the trail first thing, but occasional calls came through. They’re moving around, the migratory species. They’re readying for the long fall journey.

Notably, more orioles today, and a minor fly hatch atop the summit spruce grove. But most notably was the circling collection of about a dozen barn swallows, a few families catching flies.

And the last bird on my list? A loon calling from not that far above the trees as we neared the end of our hike, dog and me.

(Today I booked dog and me a ferry and room for a Monhegan birding trip next month. It’s been more than three years. Excited.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. American Crow*
3. American Goldfinch
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Blue Jay (v)
7. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
8. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. American Robin
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
11. Ovenbird
12. Eastern Wood-pewee
13. Brown Creeper (v)
14. Eastern Phoebe*
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Alder Flycatcher
17. Gray Catbird**
18. Northern Flicker
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Yellow Warbler (v)
21. White-throated Sparrow (v)
22. Baltimore Oriole
23. Barn Swallow
24. Song Sparrow
25. Field Sparrow
26. Least Flycatcher (v)
27. Common Yellowthroat (v)
28. Chestnut-sided Warbler
29. Common Loon (v)


30. Mourning Dove
31. Herring Gull
32. Rock Dove


American Red Squirrel

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



Wednesday, August 10th, 2022
Baltimore Oriole (fem.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 August 2022.
Baltimore Oriole (fem.).

A mostly cloudy hike this morning, and cool, with a tiny bit of breeze. Truly a lovely hike with dog—and anxious-seeming birds.

They know the photoperiod is shortening, and it won’t be long before migration beckons, and they’re flitting around, snatching up caterpillars, or flies, or grasshoppers—and/or berries.

One of the species I saw this morning is notable: a Baltimore Oriole. I’ve encountered the species three times in the past few days, and always (I’m pretty sure) poking about in the same few trees. I don’t see orioles often on the hill, so this has been pretty fun.

Also had a Northern Parula—and a first-of-year Canada Warbler.

Fun times ahead.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. American Crow**
4. Veery (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. American Robin*
7. Gray Catbird
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Canada Warbler†
13. Eastern Wood-pewee
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
16. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
17. Northern Parula
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Alder Flycatcher (v)
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
22. Eastern Phoebe*
23. Baltimore Oriole
24. Cedar Waxwing
25. Least Flycatcher (v)
26. Northern Flicker
27. Song Sparrow**
28. Northern Cardinal*
29. Mourning Dove*
30. House Finch
31. White-throated Sparrow (v)

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


A Walk in the Rain

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
American Redstart (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 August 2022.
American Redstart (female).

I was prepared for a little rain this morning, but the early weather radar showed that most precipitation was sliding off toward the north. One approaching shower could possibly graze us—but I didn’t mind.

Turns out the shower did graze us, but not for about a half hour. Meantime, the birds were shy, the woods were dark, and the air was cool. Pretty lovely, actually. When the shower did come, it turned into one of the most luscious hikes I can remember. Protected by the thick canopy, yet present for the soothing sound of the rain… Hard to describe. Just wonderful.

And after the rain let up, birds emerged—oriole, woodcock, raven, first restart in a good while.

Was looking forward to sweet rain all week, as forecast, but it seems the forecast has changed. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:37 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Hermit Thrush
3. American Crow* (v)
4. Gray Catbird**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Eastern Wood-pewee
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Brown Creeper (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. American Robin*
11. Cedar Waxwing
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. Baltimore Oriole
14. Song Sparrow**
15. Northern Flicker (v)
16. House Finch
17. Mourning Dove*
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Common Raven (v)
20. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
21. American Woodcock
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler
23. American Redstart
24. Black-throated Green Warbler
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)


27. Northern Cardinal

(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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