30 September 2022

Posts Tagged ‘red crossbill’

Coiling Up

Monday, September 12th, 2022
Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 February 2022.
Common Yellowthroat.

The forecast called for a morning overcast, and there were clouds—but there was also sun. And birds. Things are coiling up like a spring, awaiting the sweet release of fall migration.

Notable: a Cooper’s Hawk, a pair of sharpies, three species of corvid, vultures, and a gang of four Red Crossbills atop the summit spruce grove.

Supposed to rain tomorrow, but not early, so a morning hike it will be.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:49 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay** (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. American Robin (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Gray Catbird**
9. Common Yellowthroat
10. American Goldfinch
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Purple Finch (v)
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Sharp-shinned Hawk
17. Common Raven (v)
18. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
19. Eastern Phoebe
20. Herring Gull*
21. Turkey Vulture
22. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
23. Savannah Sparrow
24. Red Crossbill
25. Cedar Waxwing


25. Mourning Dove


Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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


Good Activity

Monday, July 4th, 2022
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 July 2022.

Slept in a bit this morning, so dog and I didn’t hit the trail until a little later than usual. Was in the mid-60s (F), rather dry (still a mess of mosquitos), but quite good bird activity.

Red Crossbill, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 July 2022.
Red Crossbill (male).

Notable were a fledgling waxwing begging for food, a good number of Savannah Sparrows (my favorite sparrow), and a male Red Crossbill perched atop the same spruce as the female I saw the other day. The only two crossbills I’ve ever seen at Beech Hill in thousands of hikes up there.

I must comment on an observation: it’s a little bit droughty here. Not as dry as out West, of course, but the stream we cross hasn’t been running for weeks. Which is unusual. Supposed to get a little rain a couple days this coming week. Will be welcome.

More anon!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m., I hiked most trails.

`1. Song Sparrow
2. Red-eyed Vireo
3. Ovenbird
4. Black-throated Green Warbler
5. Veery
6. Black-and-white Warbler
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. American Goldfinch
9. Common Yellowthroat
10. American Crow
11. Gray Catbird
12. Downy Woodpecker
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Alder Flycatcher
16. Northern Flicker
17. Yellow Warbler
18. Mourning Dove
19. Field Sparrow
20. Red-breasted Nuthatch
21. Eastern Bluebird
22. Turkey Vulture
23. Black-capped Chickadee
24. Prairie Warbler
25. Cedar Waxwing
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Red Crossbill
28. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
29. Purple Finch
30. White-breasted Nuthatch
31. Hairy Woodpecker
32. Eastern Wood-pewee


33. Eastern Phoebe

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



Tuesday, June 28th, 2022
Least Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 June 2022.
Least Flycatcher.

Cooler and damper after yesterday’s rain, sunny with a bit of a breeze. I truly had no expectations, just figured I’d hear and/or see a few birds, maybe learn a thing or two.

And I did—both. Notably, I heard/saw a Least Flycatcher, and spied a Red Crossbill (fem./imm.—first I’ve seen on the hill) high on a spruce at the summit and, in the woods toward the end of our hike, I heard two species of tanager.

First was a Scarlet Tanager, which I hunted for up in the leafy canopy but could not get a look at. Finally I spotted the bird apparently being chased by another tanager. And then I heard the voice of the other tanager—a Summer Tanager. Couldn’t get a good bead on that one, either, although I did watch it fly away

I’ll be keeping my eye peeled for tanagers going forward.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:22 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Song Sparrow**
2. Ovenbird
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Veery
6. Gray Catbird
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Common Yellowthroat
10. American Crow*
11. American Goldfinch**
12. Black-and-white Warbler
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. Field Sparrow
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Yellow Warbler
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Red Crossbill†
21. Purple Finch
22. American Robin*
23. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Prairie Warbler
25. Least Flycatcher
26. Tufted Titmouse (v)
27. Herring Gull*
28. Broad-winged Hawk
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
31. Eastern Wood-pewee
32. Scarlet Tanager (v)
33. Summer Tanager (v)


34. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


Eastern Chipmunk

(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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