30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘rock pigeon’

Summer Heat

Saturday, June 25th, 2022
Beech Nut phoebe. (Eastern pheobe.)
Beech Nut phoebe

A warm morning, with mosquitos about. Cloudless, little wend. Felt a lot like summer.

Speaking of—I heard another singing Summer Tanager down in the bottomlands. Marched off trail for a while but never did get even a peak at the bird. Will try again tomorrow.

A lovely hike, with sweat galore,

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:20 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. American Crow*
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. American Redstart** (v)
9. Summer Tanager (v)
10. Veery
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. Gray Catbird
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Field Sparrow (v)
20. Purple Finch (v)
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Savannah Sparrow (v)
24. Mourning Dove
25. American Robin
26. Alder Flycatcher (v)
27. Hermit Thrush (v)
28. House Wren
29. Northern Flicker
30. Tree Swallow
31. Red-breasted Nuthatch
32. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
33.Broad-winged Hawk
34. Tufted Titmouse (v)
35. Common Raven (v)
36 Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
37. Wood Thrush (v)

Elsewhere

38. House Finch
39. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

Boom!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022
Eastern Wood-pewee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 June 2022.
Eastern Wood-pewee.

And summer came, and Nature held a party. There were shenanigans, there were quarrels, there was music, there was magic.

The air was cool and the sky near cloudless when dog and I started up the trail. Little wind, lots of birdsong. Notable was the syncopated drumming of a sapsucker, the subtle notes of a hummingbird (first in a while), and just the number and variety of species. I believe today’s count was the second-highest yet since our return to the Maine coast.

Eastern Coyote, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 June 2022.
Eastern Coyote.

But the height of excitement came as we were strolling slowly down the open main Beech Hill trail when an Eastern Coyote emerged from the profuse shrubbery and crossed the trail not ten or twelve yards ahead of us. I imagined she was a female, perhaps having stashed her pups in that greenery, but she didn’t move overly fast—more like a slow lope. And then she stopped and cast a glance behind her.

Thank you, goddess of summer.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:27 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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

Elsewhere

39. Mallard
40. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Coyote

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

†First-of-year

Wet Trails

Friday, June 17th, 2022
Black-and-white Warbler with a full beak, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 June 2022.
Black-and-white Warbler with a full beak.

Rained overnight, overcast this morning, and wet trails greeted dog and me as we headed up, a bit later than usual. Nobody else around at first. Plenty of birds, though, including most all the usual suspects.

Windy at the summit, small birds in the trees and large ones in the air. Among the large ones was an unseen raven, at least three vultures, and a Red-shouldered Hawk carrying what sure looked like a red squirrel. Also ran into some friendly acquaintances, which was nice

Alas, in the woods where the tanager sang the past couple days—nothing. I hope against hope we didn’t scare it off yesterday.

Best poser of the day: a very still Black-and-white Warbler, carrying food back to what is surely a nest full of fledglings.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:47 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Eastern Phoebe**
6. American Crow*
7. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. American Redstart (v)
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
12. American Goldfinch** (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Alder Flycatcher
16. Common Raven (v)
17. Yellow Warbler (v)
18. Eastern Towhee
19. Gray Catbird
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Prairie Warbler (v)
24. Common Yellowthroat (v)
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Red-shouldered Hawk
27. House Wren (v)
28. Tree Swallow
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Veery

Elsewhere

31. Mourning Dove
32. Herring Gull
33. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

 
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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