4 October 2023

Posts Tagged ‘red-tailed hawk’


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


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


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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