5 February 2023

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Friday, September 16th, 2022
Veery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 September 2022.

A chillier morning than yesterday’s—upper 40s (F). A bit “nipply,” as they say around here. But migration has begun, and the overnight winds were more or less favorable, so I anticipated some kind of minor excitement.

But it was also overcast and breezy, and things were quiet at first.

Then, over the course of my hike with dog, a couple dozen species showed up (and/or sounded off). Notable were another passel of flickers, a little wave of yellow-rumps, a lovely young Veery, a Mourning Dove, and an Osprey and a solitary Ruby-throated Hummingbird in overflight near the summit of the hill.

Looks like tomorrow will also prove promising—and chances of rain over the following few days, so who knows?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:20 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Hermit Thrush
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Gray Catbird
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Northern Flicker**
9. Mourning Dove
10. Song Sparrow
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Brown Creeper
17. Red-eyed Vireo
18. American Robin*
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Yellow-rumped Warbler
21. Veery
22. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
23. Savannah Sparrow
24. Osprey
25. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


26. Carolina Wren (v)
27. Rock Pigeon

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


Mini-Fallout No. 2

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022
Black-throated Green Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 September 2022.
Black-throated Green Warbler.

A morning similar to yesterday’s, but with no threat of rain. About 60° (F), breezy, dim, misty, with a cool breeze. We began our hike later than usual, dog and I, and I heard/saw few birds to start (although three Great Blue Herons in overflight was noteworthy). But after we’d covered about three-quarters of our route, things began picking up.

A vireo with two youngsters. A pair of gulls flying over. A kestrel in the summit, getting checked out by a hummingbird. Then—again, in a repeat of yesterday—as we approached the parking lot, we encountered a couple dozen birds, at least, flitting about the trees and trail.

Bunch of chippies. Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker. Eastern Phoebe. And a very active Black-throated Green Warbler.

I’ll take a hike like the past two any day, thank you.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:52 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. Gray Catbird**
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Crow*
5. Song Sparrow**
6. American Robin (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Great Blue Heron
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Mourning Dove
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker**
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch
13. Red-eyed Vireo
14. Herring Gull*
15. Cedar Waxwing (v)
16. American Kestrel
17. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
18. Chipping Sparrow
19. Downy Woodpecker
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Black-throated Green Warbler


22. Mallard
23. Wild Turkey
24. Rock Pigeon


Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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



Sunday, September 4th, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 04 September 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

Another in a string of fair, cool mornings. When much of the rest of the country is suffering through heat waves and droughts and fires and flooding, dog and I are particularly lucky in these challenging days.

Plus, I had thirty bird species on my list today. Notable: a gull in the woods (?), first Hermit Thrush in a while, first Veery in a while, first Ovenbird in a while, first Savannah Sparrow in a while. The latter, in particular rather thrilled me.

What a lovely morning. To be followed by a day of rain—or so they say.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:40 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Crow
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker
5. Ovenbird
6. Herring Gull
7. Brown Creeper
8. Hermit Thrush
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Tufted Titmouse
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Veery
14. Gray Catbird
15. American Goldfinch
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Purple Finch
20. Common Yellowthroat
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Field Sparrow
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
25. Yellow Warbler
26. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
27. Eastern Phoebe
28. Blue Jay
29. Least Flycatcher
30. Northern Flicker


31. Northern Cardinal
32. Carolina Wren


Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

(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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