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Flicker Pair

Tuesday, July 11th, 2023
Northern Flicker pair, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 July 2023.
Northern Flicker pair.

Another foggy morning hike, which dog and I began at the main trailhead—opposite side of the hill from the scene of the toppling of the mama maple. Despite the dim light and dewy atmosphere, a bunch of birds made their presence known (mostly by voice). Many were tending to young ones.

Most notable perhaps was the pair of Northern Flickers that appeared in the woods on the opposite sides of the same dead tree.

And rather amazing was the fact that the talented, responsive staff of Coastal Mountains Land Trust had made such quick work of clearing the trail of the remnants of the age-old maple tree.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:09 a.m. EST (8:09 DST), I hiked all trails.

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


31. Mallard
32. Herring Gull
33. Rock Pigeon


Eastern Chipmunk
White-tailed Deer
American Red Squirrel

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


Fallen Maple

Monday, July 10th, 2023
Fallen maple, Beech Hill Preserver, Rockport, Maine, 10 July 2023.
Fallen maple.

Within seconds after dog and I started up the wooded trail this morning, my world shifted. Up ahead of us I saw that the big mama maple tree near the trailhead, likely progenitor of the many other maples in the sugarbush there, had fallen across the trail. A huge tree she was, and handsome enough that I’ve taken dozens (scores?) of photos of her over the years, and there before us lay her fat trunk and thick leafy branches—some of them broken, some nearby trees scraped from nearby trees… What a surprise, what a shock, what a sound she must’ve made at the end.

Somehow, we wiggled through the obstacles and continued on a hike that was very different from usual—and will surely be a memorable one.

Birds were good—two vocal, chasing ravens among them—but they were not the most notable part of this day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:09 a.m. EST (8:09 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. American Goldfinch
3. Ovenbird** (v)
4. Wood Thrush (v)
5. Veery (v)
6. Blue Jay (v)
7. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Common Raven
11. Osprey (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Gray Catbird
15. Eastern Towhee
16. American Crow* (v)
17. Hermit Thrush (v)
18. Chestnut-sided Warbler
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Yellow Warbler (v)
25. American Robin (v)
26. Northern Flicker
27. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
30. Eastern Bluebird (v)
31. Cedar Waxwing (v)
32. Eastern Phoebe
33. Black-and-white Warbler**


34. Mallard
35. Mourning Dove
36. Herring Gull
37. House Finch
38. Swamp Sparrow† (v)
39. Red-winged Blackbird (v)

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


More Birds

Sunday, July 9th, 2023
A very young Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 July 2023.
Very young Common Yellowthroat.

The prognosticators were right: fog this morning. Not real warm, but warm enough to feel the impressive humidity of the air. And the birds—many more birds than just a couple months ago—didn’t seem to mind.

Many more birds because of reproduction, of course. And still the mission of keeping all those fledglings safe and healthy is in the misty air.

I often wonder just how many more birds are fluttering around at this time of year than there were at, say, the beginning of May. Twice as many? Three times as many? More?

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:49 a.m. EST (8:49 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
2. Northern Cardinal* (v)
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. Veery
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. American Goldfinch
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Song Sparrow
12. American Robin*
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe (v)
16. Chipping Sparrow (v)
17. House Finch
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Field Sparrow
20. Prairie Warbler (v)
21. American Crow* (v)
22. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
23. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
25. Hermit Thrush (v)
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
28. Downy Woodpecker
29. Wood Thrush (v)
30. Mourning Dove (v)
31. Blue Jay (v)
32. Northern Flicker
33. Tufted Titmouse (v)
34. Cedar Waxwing
35. Savannah Sparrow
36. Eastern Bluebird
37. Merlin†
38. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)


39. Mallard

(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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