30 May 2023

Posts Tagged ‘red-tailed hawk’


Sunday, May 28th, 2023
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 May 2023.
American Goldfinch.

Another sunny day, and a mild one. My hike with dog was a tiny bit chilly to start—but it was downright hot when we got done. High temps in the 80s (F) today.

The birds were perhaps a bit quieter than on recent days, but my list still added up to thirty-four species. Notable was a persisting Prairie Warbler and a pair of hawks on the wing.

Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be twenty degrees cooler. Will be interesting to see how different my list will be.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. sun time (7:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Redstart** (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Ovenbird
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. Eastern Phoebe
7. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Veery (v)
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
13. American Goldfinch
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Eastern Wood-pewee
17. Hairy Woodpecker
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Song Sparrow**
24. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
25. Sharp-shinned Hawk
26. Least Flycatcher (v)
27. Red-tailed Hawk
28. Brown-headed Cowbird
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Wood Thrush (v)
31. Chipping Sparrow (v)
32. Prairie Warbler (v)
33. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
34. Brown Creeper (v)


35. Mallard
36. Mourning Dove
37. Herring Gull
38. Laughing Gull
39. Carolina Wren (v)
40. Double-crested Cormorant

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


Afternoon Hike

Friday, May 19th, 2023
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 May 2023.
Hermit Thrush.

I had an early appointment this morning, so for the first time in—I think—years, dog and I took our hike in afternoon. The light was bright, the air was cool, the winds were high, the birds were sparser than at earlier hours. However, it was as fun as ever.

A couple dozen species total, with the most notable bird being a Hermit Thrush that popped up on a little snag just in front of us and posed for photos. Also two hawks and a vulture. Several warblers.

The early excursion involved a drive to Portland, so on the way I got some unusual (for me) birds while zipping past.

Tomorrow will be early, as usual. Maybe a first-of-year species or two?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 12:10 p.m. sun time (1:10 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. Song Sparrow (v)
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler** (v)
6. Brown Creeper (v)
7. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Northern Cardinal (v)
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Hermit Thrush
12. American Crow*
13. Blue Jay (v)
14. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. Yellow Warbler (v)
17. Turkey Vulture
18. Red-tailed Hawk
19. Broad-winged Hawk
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Herring Gull*
22. Eastern Phoebe**
23. Tufted Titmouse (v)
24. Purple Finch (v)


25. Mallard
26. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
27. European Starling
28. Double-crested Cormorant
29. Osprey
30. Rock Pigeon

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


Many Species

Friday, April 7th, 2023
Bald Eagle (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 April 2023.
Bald Eagle (juvie).

The sky was blue, the air was warm, the wind was high, the trail was dryer than it’s been in a while—and the overall feeling was one of spring.

And by golly, the birds showed up. A year-so-far record of 28 species, including eagles, a harrier, kestrels, a red-tail, a flushed grouse, three woodpecker species—I could go on and on.

The coming weeks will fly by, and then the months, yet I hope to slow myself down to soak ’em right up. (Also took my bike in for a tuneup.)

P.S. First deer tick today, too.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:27 a.m. real time (7:27 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee*
4. Brown Creeper (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Downy Woodpecker** (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse**
8. Red-winged Blackbird
9. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
10. American Goldfinch
11. Ruffed Grouse
12. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
13. American Robin*
14. Eastern Bluebird
15. Herring Gull*
16. Blue Jay (v)
17. Golden-crowned Kinglet
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Common Loon
20. American Kestrel
21. Turkey Vulture
22. Wild Turkey*
23. Eastern Phoebe** (v)
24. Bald Eagle
25. Red-tailed Hawk
26. Northern Harrier
27. Canada Goose
28. Snow Bunting


29. Mallard

(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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