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Solitary Morning

Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 July 2019
Song Sparrow.

Cool, breezy, sunny, birdy. What a lovely morning—complete with familiar voices. Birds were all over the place (young and old), so I wasn’t hurting for photographs.

We had ourselves the run of the hill this morning, oddly. Where were all the early Sunday morning hikers I’m accustomed to seeing? It was weird.

But that left more birds to pay attention to. A couple of minor oddities: Red-winged Blackbird in flight, and the voice of a (migrating?) Ruby-crowned kinglet. Many, many juveniles.

Dewy blueberries, too.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Robin*
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Chipping Sparrow*
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
9. Ovenbird (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
15. Mourning Dove* (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
17. Northern Flicker (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow (v)
19. Herring Gull*
20. Common Raven (v)
21. American Goldfinch**
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Purple Finch (v)
25. Gray Catbird**
26. Northern Cardinal** (c)
27. Downy Woodpecker (v)


28. European Starling
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Osprey

v = Voice only
*Also elsehwere
**VOice only elsewhere


Monday, July 22nd, 2019
Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 July 2019.
Chipping Sparrow.

A cool and breezy morning. Ahhh. Still mosquitos, ticks, and flies about, but oh, well. Totally worth it.

The usual suspects, along with a couple less common birds. One of the grosbeak families has fledged its young, so that’s happening. No other humans on the hill this lush Sunday morning.

Occurred to me (again) that there are at least twice as many birds around here as there were a mere three months ago. Sure, most of ’em will be gone by winter—but still.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. American Robin* (v)
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Mourning Dove* (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. American Goldfinch (v)
11. Song Sparrow*
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. American Crow*
16. Alder Flycatcher*
17. Gray Catbird*
18. Field Sparrow*
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Eastern Phoebe*
21. Eastern Bluebird (v)
22. Yellow Warbler*
24. Rose-breasted grosbeak
25.White-breasted Nuthatch
26. Northern Cardinal


27. Pileated Woodpecker
27. Herring Gull
28. Rock Pigeon
29. House Sparrow
30. Red-winged Blackbird (v)


23. Herring Gull

No Dull Moment

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
Eastern Towhee (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 July 2019.
Eastern Towhee (female).
Blooming milkweed, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 July 2019.
Blooming milkweed.

In fast, efficient summer, new things happen every day. Today, most conspicuous (to me), was the blooming of the milkweed. A week ago, the only milkweed I saw were very young plants, but now they’re full grown, everywhere, and blooming.

Also, more birds are moving around—and others have disappeared. No Tree Swallows for several days now. No chippies in the spruce grove. Yellowthroats frantically feeding. And catbirds. And towhees. And Yellow Warblers.

Day lilies popping up all over the place. And a new dragonfly every day, seems like.

Never a dull moment at this time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Veery
2. American Robin*
3. Song Sparrow**
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Ovenbird (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Chipping Sparrow (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Yellow Warbler
15. Mourning Dove* (v)
16. Northern Flicker (v)
17. Field Sparrow (v)
18. Nashville Warbler (v)
19. Purple Finch (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe**
21. Eastern Bluebird
22. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. American Goldfinch**
25. Northern Cardinal** (v)


26. Herring Gull
27. Wild Turkey
28. Blue Jay (v)
29. Double-crested Cormorant
30. Red-winged Blackbird (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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