4 October 2023

Posts Tagged ‘red-bellied woodpecker’

Late Hike

Monday, September 11th, 2023
Common Yellowthroat (immature male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 September 2023.
Common Yellowthroat (immature male).

This morning’s forecast rain arrived with a vengeance. Well, not a vengeance, exactly, but it postponed my hike with dog for a couple hours. Had no idea what to expect in the wake of the all that soaking rain—and yet there were birds.

Notable was the flyby of a croaking raven. Also a little flurry of species down in the woods again. Best photo was an immature male yellowthroat.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:55 a.m. EST (9:55 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Northern Flicker
5. Red-eyed Vireo
6. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
7. Black-and-white Warbler
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler
9. American Crow* (v)
10. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Hermit Thrush
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Song Sparrow
16. American Goldfinch
17. Downy Woodpecker (v)
18. Common Raven
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Common Yellowthroat


21. Herring Gull
22. Mourning Dove
23. Ring-billed Gull (v)
24. Osprey
25. House Sparrow (v)


American Red Squirrel (v)

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


Forest Hawk

Saturday, September 9th, 2023
Broad-winged Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 September 2023.
Broad-winged Hawk.

Again we encountered relatively few bird species this warm, muggy morning, dog and I. However, one of my early sightings was a Broad-winged Hawk in the woodlands. Broad-wings are forest hawks, and I see a few every year. Typically, I’ll spy one when it leaves a perch to fly a little distance away from an approaching dog and human. Most of the time I can find their new perch—which is what happened this morning.

Also noteworthy was a singing Blue-headed Vireo, a sign (to me, at least) that birds are beginning to think about fall migration. Can hardly wait.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:04 a.m. EST (8:04 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
5. Broad-winged Hawk
6. Downy Woodpecker (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Blue-headed Vireo
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Gray Catbird (v)
14. American Crow* (v)
15. Song Sparrow
16. Blue Jay (v)


17. Mourning Dove
18. Herring Gull
19. Rock Pigeon

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


Lifting Fog

Friday, September 8th, 2023
Song Sparrow (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 August 2023.
Song Sparrow (juvie).

I didn’t expect to awaken to a foggy morning today, but there it was. The fog made for a cooler ascent for dog and me, however, and when it lifted—before too awful long—things warmed up pretty quickly. But every day is its own miracle, and the bird life will always surprise.

Notable, today, might be the fact that I had four woodpeckers on my list—a fourth of my final species count. Migratory birds are still gearing up for takeoff, clearly. It’ll be happening soon enough.

Can hardly wait.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:22 a.m. EST (8:22 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Gray Catbird**
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
4. Song Sparrow
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Northern Flicker
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)


17. Herring Gull
18. Mourning Dove

(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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