2 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘red-winged blackbird’

Nice and Humid

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 July 2022.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Rained overnight, a welcome development. At least an inch, I’d say. The trails were damp and dim to start, and the air nice and humid. Warm, too. Few birds early, but a bunch by the time we finished our hike, dog and me.

Parents and youngsters were out roaming around—among them quite a few chickadees. (The chickadees around here have noticeably different accents than those out west, by the way.) And we spooked a good-sized flock of turkeys.

An all around good July hike this morning. Felt like summer, for sure.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:51 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Gray Catbird
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. American Crow*
9. Wood Thrush (v)
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. American Redstart
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler
13. Eastern Wood-pewee
14. Veery (v)
15. American Robin
16. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Wild Turkey
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat**
20. Song Sparrow*
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Mourning Dove
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Savannah Sparrow
25. Common Raven (v)
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Red-winged Blackbird
28. Field Sparrow
29. Yellow Warbler (v)
30. House Wren (v)
31. Herring Gull*

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



Sunday, July 10th, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 July 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

Savannah Sparrows again. I love them. I love their look (spiffy, kempt) and their behavior (secretive or conspicuous, depending) and their voice (so, so fine). This cool, breezy, cloudless morning on the hill, dog and I encountered the same bird at the same spot in most of the past several days. It perched, chipping its sharp chip-note, warning us and/or its young ’uns away. (In the background of my photo, a blur of orange-red as evidence of a Wood Lily).

Also, today, many other species. Wouldn’t mind a repeat of such a day tomorrow.

[Note: forgot to mention the monarch butterfly I spied flitting about the milkweed at the summit yesterday.]

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

1. Black-throated Green Warbler
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. Ovenbird
4. American Crow*
5. American Goldfinch**
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Tufted Titmouse
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Wood Thrush (v)
11. Veery (v)
12. Gray Catbird
13. Northern Flicker
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
16. Blue Jay (v)
17. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
18. Chestnut-sided Warbler
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. American Robin*
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Song Sparrow*
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Downy Woodpecker
25. Cedar Waxwing
26. Yellow-rumped Warbler
27. Yellow Warbler (v)
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. Herring Gull*
30. Common Raven
31. Turkey Vulture
32. Eastern Phoebe
33. Purple Finch
34. Hairy Woodpecker (drumming)
35. Black-and-white Warbler


36. Northern Cardinal (v)
37. Mourning Dove

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


A Summer Morn

Sunday, June 26th, 2022
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 June 2022.
Red-eyed Vireo.

Dog and I got to the trailhead a bit later than yesterday, but still we were the first in the parking lot. Not as warm as yesterday, not quite as cloudless, not quite so many mosquitos—but every bit as lovely, interesting, miraculous.

Snowshoe Hare, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 June 2022.
Snowshoe Hare.

Encountered thirty-three bird species and a Snowshoe Hare (with tick-infested ears, poor critter). Among the birds were a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds in overflight (not ID’d until after I viewed my photos later). Also a papa bluebird and mama Pileated Woodpecker, respectively with fledglings.

And for the first time in a long while, a Red-eyed Vireo posed for me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:51 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird
3. Northern Cardinal** (v)
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Hermit Thrush (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Veery
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. American Redstart** (v)
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Gray Catbird
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. American Goldfinch (v)
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Black-capped Chickadee**
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Yellow Warbler
18. Pileated Woodpecker
19. Song Sparrow
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. Red-winged Blackbird
24. Prairie Warbler
25. American Robin
26. White-breasted Nuthatch
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Savannah Sparrow
32. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
33. Brown Creeper (v)


34. Herring Gull
35. European Starling
36. House Sparrow


Eastern Chipmunk
Snowshoe Hare

(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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