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Onward Thru The Fog

Monday, June 26th, 2023
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 June 2023.

We were supposed to get a few showers this morning, but we got fog instead. Lots of fog—thick fog. It was pretty much a soup situation. I honestly didn’t think at first that I’d get any bird photos.

I knew I’d get some bird species, though (thanks to the fact that I’ve still got crazy good hearing for my age)—and I did, as dog and I hike around through a cloud.

Then, lo, I spied an Ovenbird singing along the lower wooded trail. (Managed pics of two other species, too, but they didn’t match the vibe.)

More steady rain tomorrow—or so the prognosticators say.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:21 a.m. EST (8:21 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Cardinal
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. Ovenbird
4. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
7. Blue Jay* (v)
8. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
10. American Goldfinch (v)
11. American Crow* (v)
12. Hermit Thrush (v)
13. Eastern Towhee**
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Gray Catbird*
17. Song Sparrow**
18. Yellow Warbler (v)
19. Cedar Waxwing (v)
20. Common Yellowthroat
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Veery (v)
24. American Redstart (v)
25. Savannah Sparrow (v)
26. American Robin* (v)


27. Mallard
28. Herring Gull

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


Ragged Revisited

Saturday, June 24th, 2023
Red-winged Blackbird, Snow Bowl, Camden, Maine, 24 June 2023.
Red-winged Blackbird.

Again Jack and I hiked the Ragged Mountain Snow Bowl trails with our best dog and human friends. Warm again but not as bright, with rain in the late-morning forecast. Not the number of bird species as last time, but still a fun hike in a different place with a lot going on.

Saw my first bluebird fledgling up there perched on a lift cable. Also a starling clearly nesting somewhere up there among the gears.

Tomorrow it’ll be back to Beech Hill, but we’ll hit the mountain again soon, I bet.

(An alphabetized list again.)

Camden Snow Bowl Trails List
Starting at 6:48 a.m. EST (7:48 DST), I hiked some Camden Snow Bowl trails.

1. Alder Flycatcher
2. American Goldfinch
3. American Redstart (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Baltimore Oriole (v)
6. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Cedar Waxwing
9. Chipping Sparrow (v)
10. Common Yellowthroat (v)
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
15. European Starling
16. Great Crested Flycatcher
17. Least Flycatcher (v)
18. Mourning Dove** (v)
19. Ovenbird (v)
20. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
21. Red-winged Blackbird
22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
24. Scarlet Tanager (v)
24. Song Sparrow*
25. Tree Swallow
26. Tufted Titmouse (v)
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Wild Turkey
29. Yellow Warbler (v)


30. Mallard
31. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
32. American Crow


Eastern Chipmunk

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


Erickson Fields

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023
Black-throated Green Warbler (singing with its mouth full), Erickson Fields Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2023.
Black-throated Green Warbler (singing with its mouth full).

This morning dawned sunny and pleasantly cool, mid- to upper-50s (F). The forecasters suggested it’d get warmer, which gave me the idea of hiking over the hill and down the trail to the Erickson Fields Preserve. So that’s what dog and I did.

Was a long hike—both time-wise and miles-wise—but well worth it. The Erickson Fields trail traverses quite a different habitat from Beech Hill’s hardwoods and barrens (old-growth spruce/pine and grasslands), which support a notably different array of wild birds. Had multiple Black-throated Blue Warblers, saw a bunch of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, even heard the very high-pitched song of a Blackburnian Warbler. And at the far end was a grassy field with Barn Swallows zipping around.

I’m astonished that I waited so long to take that lovely hike. We’ll be doing it again real soon, dog and I.

Beech Hill/Erickson Fields List
Starting at 6:09 a.m. EST (7:09 DST), I hiked all trails at both preserves.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Brown Creeper (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler **
7. Veery
8. American Goldfinch**
9. American Crow*
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Gray Catbird* (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker
14. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
15. Hermit Thrush (v)
16. American Robin*
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Common Yellowthroat (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Osprey
21. Herring Gull*
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Field Sparrow
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. American Redstart
26. Eastern Phoebe*
27. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
28. Common Raven (v)
29. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
30. Chipping Sparrow
31. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
32. Northern Cardinal (v)
33. Scarlet Tanager (v)
34. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
35. Blue-headed Vireo
36. Least Flycatcher (v)
37. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
38. Black-throated Blue Warbler
39. Blue Jay (v)
40. Mourning Dove*
41. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
42. Barn Swallow
43. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
44. Blackburnian Warbler (v)
45. Northern Parula (v)
46. Black-capped Chickadee
47. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
48. Purple Finch (v)
49. Turkey Vulture

(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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