22 July 2024

Posts Tagged ‘red-tailed hawk’


Friday, October 13th, 2023
Northern Parula, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 October 2023.
Northern Parula.

This morning’s hike was a c-c-cold one to start: mid-40s (F). her But the sky was mostly blue, and over time, the sun warmed things up, as it does. Not a huge number of bird species—but some really interesting ones. Heard the cry of a red-tail, for instance (and saw two flying in a southerly direction). Saw a pair of larks. Listened to another kinglet’s rollicking song.

Most fun, though, was discovering a Northern Parula amid a little flock of yellow-rumps along the wooded trail. One even stopped moving long enough for a photographic glimpse.

[Note on Bird Report: This might well be my last post for a while—possibly the last post. These daily missives take a while to create, and I’m finding I have a lot I want to do with my time these days. But never fear: I do intend still to hike around a lot with binoculars and camera, so there will be bird photos out there. But mostly likely they’ll be on Instagram: @brrrder.]

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:46 a.m. EST (8:46 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay**
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Northern Parula
5. White-throated Sparrow (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Hermit Thrush
8. American Crow*
9. Horned Lark
10. Red-tailed Hawk
11. Savannah Sparrow
12. Song Sparrow
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
15. Eastern Towhee *(v)


16. Herring Gull


Eastern Chipmunk

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



Wednesday, August 9th, 2023
Hermit Thrush fledgling, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 August.
Hermit Thrush fledgling.

Upon rising this morning, the sun emerged, then faded in and out and in again as swirly white clouds floated overhead from the west. And the birds were really quiet. We walked long stretches, dog and I, without hearing a (literal) peep—because (I figured), at least in part, they don’t want to draw attention to their youngsters.

Throughout our hike, scanning the canopy, I caught sight of just three wood-warbler species, poking about for insects and caterpillars. Not one of them uttered a single tweet.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:03 a.m. EST (8:03 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay
2. American Goldfinch
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Black-throated Green Warbler
6. Eastern Wood-pewee
7. Hermit Thrush
8. White-breasted Nuthatch
9. American Robin
10. American Crow
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Gray Catbird
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Song Sparrow
15. Purple Finch
16. Red-tailed Hawk
17. Herring Gull
18. American Redstart
19. Black-and-white Warbler
20. Hairy Woodpecker


21. Wild Turkey
22. Carolina Wren
23. Mourning Dove
24. Northern Cardinal

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



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 a.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. Eastern Bluebird


36. Mallard
37. Mourning Dove
38. Herring Gull
39. Laughing Gull
40. Carolina Wren (v)

(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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