30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘rose-breasted grosbeak’

Leafed Out

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022
White-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill preserve, Rockport, Maine 04856.
White-breasted Nuthatch.

Harder to spot wild birds in the woodlands when the trees are all leafed out. Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time just staring up into the green canopy in the general direction of a bird’s song, Jack standing patiently by.

But still I got a photo or two.

We met a few friendly people on the hill, dog and I. And a nice selection of bird species showed up. Most notably, I heard the song of a vagrant Summer Tanager (which I’d first mis-ID’d as a grosbeak, but later confirmed). Will see if it’s still around tomorrow.

Meanwhile, here’s a photo of a nuthatch.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:52 a.m., I hiked most trails.

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

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



Monday, June 6th, 2022
Prairie Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 June 2022.
Prairie Warbler.

In my thirty-something days of Maine hikes with dog so far, I’ve noticed a few differences in the bird populations from when we moved to Utah in the summer of 2019. For one thing, a Prairie Warbler—once an uncommon (but thrilling) visitor to Beech Hill—has claimed its territory. Clearly global warming has brought this species farther north.

For another thing, after hearing Scarlet Tanagers weeks earlier than usual, I have yet to see one. Have they moved through? Are they nesting already? Will I see fledglings?

Meanwhile, I’ve encountered no Black-throated Blue Warbler. My favorite wood-warbler, I miss seeing and hearing this lovely looking (and sounding) bird. Very few waxwings also. And of course there was that Summer Tanager a couple weeks ago.

But it’s still a bit early yet. I’ll get a better idea once fledglings emerge. Another miracle to look forward to.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Eastern Phoebe*
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. Veery (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. American Crow* (v)
10. American Redstart** (v)
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
12. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
13. Gray Catbird*
14. Alder Flycatcher
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Eastern Wood-pewee
18. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
21. American Woodcock†
22. Song Sparrow*
23. Tree Swallow
24. Osprey
25. Chipping Sparrow
26. Prairie Warbler
27. House Wren
28. Turkey Vulture
29. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
30. Northern Parula (v)
31. Field Sparrow (v)
32. Broad-winged Hawk
33. American Robin (v)
34. Northern Cardinal** (v)


35. Mallard
36. European Starling
37. Herring Gull
38. Rock Pigeon
39. Double-crested Cormorant

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


A Lovely Morn

Sunday, June 5th, 2022
Great Crested Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 June 2022.
Great Crested Flycatcher.

It was a lovely early morning hike with Jack-my-dog. We got up the hill early, under mostly sunny skies with a breeze that sent droplets down from new leaves damp with overnight rain. A raven greeted us at the trail head with loud, liquid croaking, and a nice variety of other birds appeared.

Had conversations with a few other early Sunday hikers, all of us digging the weather, the clean air, the views. If all days could be like this particular June day, I don’t think many would mind.

Rain forecast for late in the coming week, but tomorrow should be another fine one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Common Raven
4. Eastern Phoebe*
5. American Robin* (v)
6. Song Sparrow**
7. Common Yellowthroat**
8. Northern Cardinal (v)
9. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
10. Veery
11. American Goldfinch**
12. American Crow*
13. American Redstart** (v)
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Gray Catbird**
17. Alder Flycatcher (v)
18. Eastern Towhee
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)
20. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
21. Black-and-white Warbler
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Red-breasted Nuthatch
24. Field Sparrow (v)
25. Herring Gull*
26. Prairie Warbler
27. Turkey Vulture
28. House Wren
29. Great Crested Flycatcher
30. Least Flycatcher (v)
31. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
32. Purple Finch (v)
33. Tree Swallow
34. Hermit Thrush (v)
35. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)


36. Mallard
37. Wild Turkey

(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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