24 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘red-winged blackbird’

July Firsts

Saturday, July 6th, 2019
Yellow Warbler in the greenery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 July 2019.
Yellow Warbler in the greenery.

This morning was sunny and humid and full of busy birds—food to find, multiple mouths to feed, dangers to watch out for. It’s that time of year when the adults will hop up and holler at you, presenting lots of photo ops. Nice.

Wood lilies (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 July 2019.
Wood lilies (first of year).

It’s also that time of year—right around the Fourth of July—when the wood lilies bloom. And when the wood lilies bloom, I know to look for young blueberries. And, what do you know, there they were.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Veery
2. Black-and-white Warbler
3. American Robin
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. American Redstart
6. Chipping Sparrow
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. Ovenbird
9. American Crow
10. Gray Catbird
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. Yellow Warbler
13. Tree Swallow
14. Northern Flicker
15. Red-winged Blackbird
16. Nashville Warbler
17. Field Sparrow
18. American Goldfinch
19. Song Sparrow
20. Eastern Bluebird
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Cedar Waxwing
23. Black-capped Chickadee
24. Purple Finch
25. Tufted Titmouse
26. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
27. Mourning Dove


28. Herring Gull
29. Rock Pigeon
30. House Sparrow
31. Wild Turkey

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

First blueberries, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 July 2019.
First blueberries.

Second Nests

Friday, July 5th, 2019
Common Yellowthroat (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 July 2019.
Common Yellowthroat (female).

Bright and warmer than yesterday, with a haze and a whisper of wind. On the hill, bird activity is ongoing—albeit in the shadows. Adults feeding keening fledglings, second nests being built, the urgent business of ensuring survival of the species.

I love these warm days of firsts—first-blooming wildflowers, first-appearing butterflies, peek at blueberries. I haven’t seen wood lilies yet, although they should be showing up any any now. As should the first tiny berries of blue.

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

1. Red-eye Vireo** (v)
2. American Robin* (V)
3. American Redstart (v)
4. Song Sparrow**
5. Common Yellowthroat**
6. Chipping Sparrow**
7. Ovenbird (v)
8. Mourning Dove* (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Tree Swallow
13. Gray Catbird*
14. American Crow*
15. American Goldfinch**
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Yellow Warbler (v)
18. Blue Jay (v)
19. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Eastern Bluebird
22. Purple Finch (v)
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Northern Cardinal (v)
25. Veery (v)
26. Rose-breasted Grosbeak


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

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Tiny Fledgling

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
Chipping Sparrow fledgling (Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 June 2019.
Chipping Sparrow (fledgling 2019).

The youngsters are staring to drop. Doesn’t take long for an egg to be laid and a fledgling to leave the next. Which brings me to the thought that it’d do us great good if we can just disentangle ourselves from this whole process.

But of course we Homo sapiens just can’t resist pretending we’re rulers of the planet, can we.

Still, a little baby Chipping Sparrow resurrects hope and promise on a lovely summer day.

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

1. American Robin*
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. American Goldfinch**
4. American Redstart (v)
5. Chipping Sparrow
6. Cedar Waxwing
7. American Crow*
8. Veery (v)
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. Tree Swallow
11. Northern Cardinal
12. Alder Flycatcher (v)
13. Song Sparrow
14. Ovenbird (v)
15. Eastern Towhee (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Eastern Phoebe*
20. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
21. Yellow Warbler (v)
22. Eastern Wood-pewee** (v)
23. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
24. Gray Catbird (v)


25. Mourning Dove
26. Herring Gull
27. House Sparrow (v)
28. 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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