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Tuesday, September 12th, 2023
Wilson’s Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 September 2023.
Wilson’s Warbler.

It rained for a while this morning, but the rain moved through in a relative hurry, leaving dog’s and my hiking hill cloaked in fog. A few birds made themselves known early—very few—but the excitement waited until we were following the muddy wooded trails.

As often happens, it started with the voices of chickadees, voices I pay attention to, considering they typically have travel with an entourage. And that was the case this morning. And among the species in the chickadees’ little posse flitted a single Wilson’s Warbler—the first Wilson’s I’ve seen since our return from Salt Lake City nearly a year and a half ago.

This was the second straight day with evidence of the start of fall migration.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:14 a.m. EST (8:14 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. Gray Catbird
3. Song Sparrow
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. American Goldfinch
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. Eastern Bluebird
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Hairy Woodpecker
11. Red-eyed Vireo
12. American Redstart
13. Wilson’s Warbler
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
17. Blue Jay


18. Carolina Wren
19. American Crow
20. Herring Gull
21. Rock Pigeon
22. Mallard

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



Sunday, July 16th, 2023
Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 July 2023.
Common Yellowthroat on a rainy morn.

The forecast called for cloudy skies until afternoon, when scattered thundershowers were possible. In fact, soon after dog and I started up the main trail, it began to rain. Not a gully-washer, just a regular rain shower. The morning was warm enough, with not much wind, and it felt pretty great.

We only did half a hike, though, and so today’s list has far fewer species than usual. And tonight brings a chance of thundershowers. No thunder yet, though.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:52 a.m. EST (7:52 DST), I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Phoebe
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. American Crow (v)
4. Ovenbird (v)
5. American Robin
6. Song Sparrow
7. Eastern Bluebird
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Yellow Warbler (v)
16. Gray Catbird (v)


17. Northern Cardinal (v)
18. Pine Warbler (v)

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


Distant Thunder

Saturday, July 15th, 2023
Veery (singing), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 July 2023.
Veery (singing).

In the cool 60s (F) this morning, with another low layer of fog obscuring things. Soon after Captain Jack and I began our ascent (via the main trail) a light rain began to fall. It didn’t rain for long—but we remained wet while walking through that cloud.

Quite a few birds species, nevertheless—among them a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak with a couple of moths in its beak. A singing Veery also posed, but it’s hard to get an award-winning photo in such dark, dim, gray conditions.

Down on the wooded trail, I heard distant thunder and figured we’d better pick up our pace. But after a few more rumbles, the thunder stopped, and it began to rain lightly again as we descended.

I suppose the thunder was a preview of what’s forecast for tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:12 a.m. EST (8:12 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Mourning Dove
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. American Robin
5. Song Sparrow
6. Northern Cardinal
7. American Crow
8. American Goldfinch
9. Ovenbird
10. Black-throated Green Warbler
11. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Gray Catbird
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Northern Parula
17. Blue Jay
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Hermit Thrush
22. Eastern Wood-pewee
23. White-breasted Nuthatch
24. Veery
25. American Redstart
26. Black-and-white Warbler
27. Northern Flicker
28. Brown Creeper


29. Rock Pigeon
30. Herring Gull

(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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