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After the Storm

Sunday, September 17th, 2023
Osprey, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 September 2023.
Osprey.

What a difference a day makes, so they say. Yesterday galloped in like a wild river rider, fast and bucking and splashing water all over everything. Today dawned cloudless and merely breezy. As expected, fallen branches littered all preserve trails (along with a couple of toppled trees). I managed to neaten things pretty well, though—and was rewarded with a nice selection of bird species.

Notable were a hummingbird, a fish hawk, a vulture. And elsewhere—including a pleasant drive down a coastal peninsula—a kingfisher, geese, and an eagle.

Simply a lovely September day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:28 a.m. EST (8:28 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. Blue Jay** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
5. Gray Catbird
6. American Crow*
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Osprey
9. Eastern Towhee (v)
10. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
11. Turkey Vulture*
12. American Robin (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Northern Flicker** (v)
15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
16. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

17. Herring Gull
18. Belted Kingfisher
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Canada Goose
21. Bald Eagle

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

†First-of-year

Warbler Rush

Sunday, September 10th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 September 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

A cool morning, with sun to start but clouds soon moving over and a bit of a breeze. Rain in the forecast, but it didn’t come while dog and I were hiking. However, the birds must’ve known a secret, because as our hike reached about its three-quarter mark, a sudden flood of species moved through the trees above us. And most of them were wood-warblers.

Chestnut-sided, redstart, parula, yellow-rump, black-and-white—it seemed like a little preview of a migratory fallout. With their quick flitting and the dim, gray conditions, it was hard to grab a decent photo. But here’s a pick of a singing Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Rain is forecast for much of tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:23 a.m. EST (8:23 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch**
2. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
3. Hairy Woodpecker
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Gray Catbird
6. Eastern Towhee (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat** (v)
8. Hermit Thrush
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. American Goldfinch
14. Yellow Warbler
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Chestnut-sided Warbler
17. Black-and-white Warbler
18. Tufted Titmouse
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Northern Parula
21. American Redstart
22. Eastern Wood-pewee
23. Blue-headed Vireo
24. Blue Jay (v)

Elsewhere

25. Mourning Dove
26. Herring Gull
27. Mallard
28. Osprey

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

†First-of-year

Flycatchers

Friday, September 1st, 2023
Alder Flycatcher (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 September 2023.
Alder Flycatcher (juvie).

A cool, cloudless morning greeted dog and me as we headed up the wooded trail. By “cool,” I mean mid- to upper-50s (F). But once we hit the open fields, the sun warmed us up a bit—and, considering his thick coat, Jack didn’t much mind the little chill.

Birds were about, and moving. Notable, today, were the three flycatchers that showed up. In the woods, a wood-pewee perched on a snag and sang, occasionally making a quick flight to catch a fly. Nearing the summit, I caught sight of a young Alder Flycatcher (a species that prefers open areas)—and, nearby, a Least Flycatcher.

Between those three species and the waxwings that perched high in the summit spruce grove and dined on a fly hatch, the population of flies dipped quite a bit today.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:20 a.m. EST (8:20 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. American Goldfinch
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. Song Sparrow
15. American Crow* (v)
16. Veery (v)
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. American Robin
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Northern Flicker (v)
21. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
22. Least Flycatcher

Elsewhere

23. Herring Gull
24. Belted Kingfisher

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

†First-of-year

 
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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