24 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘rose-breasted grosbeak’


Friday, July 19th, 2019
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, 19 July 2019.
American Goldfinch.

I see finches nearly every day on the hill during high season. Goldfinches and Purple Finches, usually. Today I saw (or heard) both species. They sing familiar songs and have familiar personalities.

Today dog and I happened to be at the early summit when two male goldfinches decided to have a sort of duel. Or standoff. Or joust. Flitting and chattering and chasing each other around. On a cool, breezy, pre-heat wave morning, that’s about all a body can ask for.

I do have a soft spot for finches.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.Savann

1. Veery** (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
6. Gray Catbird**
7. Chipping Sparrow*
8. Ovenbird (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. American Goldfinch**
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Tree Swallow
13. American Robin
14. Savannah Sparrow
15. Mourning Dove
16. American Crow
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Northern Cardinal** (v)
19. Eastern Phoebe*
20. Northern Flicker (v)
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Tufted Titmouse (v)
23. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Downy Woodpecker (v)
25. Field Sparrow
26. Blue Jay (v)
27. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
28.Yellow Warbler (v)
29. Hairy Woodpecker
30. Black-capped Chickadee (v)


32. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
33. Herring Gull

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


Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 July 2019.
Savannah Sparrow.

I love Savannah Sparrows. I’m not sure what it is. Well, I love their wonderful sibilant, insect-like, understated song, with a little hiccup at the end. And yet it carries a mile. Arguable my favorite birdsong.

The past few days I’ve heard the familiar, sharp, faint chip of a Savannah, then spied down the bird, perched near the tip of a low bush (as is their habit). For whatever reason, this species did not nest in early spring at Beech Hill this year, as usual. I missed ’em like crazy. Nice to see at least one second nest has (apparently) prove fruitful.

Otherwise, a luscious, dry, cool breezy July morning. Not many places have such exceptionally sweet summer’s as we do here at the 44th parallel.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Veery (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Ovenbird (v)
5. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
6. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
7. Barn Swallow
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Common Yellowthroat (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Savannah Sparrow
13. Song Sparrow**
14. Field Sparrow
15. Herring Gull*
16. American Crow*
17. American Robin* (v)
18. Eastern Bluebird
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe*
21. American Goldfinch
22. Northern Cardinal** (v)


23. Mourning Dove
24. House Sparrow
25. Rock Pigeon

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

Sultry Morning

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
American Redstart, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 July 2019.
American Redstart.

A warm, humid morning. Got to the hill early, and the bird life did not disappoint. Lots of activity, singing and begging and feeding.Got a nice look at a singing/preening redstart. Spotted a Hermit Thrush rather out of place in the spruce grove at the summit.

Also spied two turkey families on the drive back home—two adults and a dozen tiny poults swimming in the tall July grass.

(Supposed to have gotten T-storms, but none by late this evening. Still humid, though.)

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

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


31. House Finch (v)
32. Wild Turkey
33. 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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