30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘ruby-throated hummingbird’

Summer Heat

Saturday, June 25th, 2022
Beech Nut phoebe. (Eastern pheobe.)
Beech Nut phoebe

A warm morning, with mosquitos about. Cloudless, little wend. Felt a lot like summer.

Speaking of—I heard another singing Summer Tanager down in the bottomlands. Marched off trail for a while but never did get even a peak at the bird. Will try again tomorrow.

A lovely hike, with sweat galore,

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

1. Ovenbird
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. American Crow*
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. American Redstart** (v)
9. Summer Tanager (v)
10. Veery
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. Gray Catbird
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Field Sparrow (v)
20. Purple Finch (v)
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Savannah Sparrow (v)
24. Mourning Dove
25. American Robin
26. Alder Flycatcher (v)
27. Hermit Thrush (v)
28. House Wren
29. Northern Flicker
30. Tree Swallow
31. Red-breasted Nuthatch
32. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
33.Broad-winged Hawk
34. Tufted Titmouse (v)
35. Common Raven (v)
36 Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
37. Wood Thrush (v)


38. House Finch
39. Rock Pigeon


White-tailed Deer

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



Tuesday, June 21st, 2022
Eastern Wood-pewee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 June 2022.
Eastern Wood-pewee.

And summer came, and Nature held a party. There were shenanigans, there were quarrels, there was music, there was magic.

The air was cool and the sky near cloudless when dog and I started up the trail. Little wind, lots of birdsong. Notable was the syncopated drumming of a sapsucker, the subtle notes of a hummingbird (first in a while), and just the number and variety of species. I believe today’s count was the second-highest yet since our return to the Maine coast.

Eastern Coyote, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 June 2022.
Eastern Coyote.

But the height of excitement came as we were strolling slowly down the open main Beech Hill trail when an Eastern Coyote emerged from the profuse shrubbery and crossed the trail not ten or twelve yards ahead of us. I imagined she was a female, perhaps having stashed her pups in that greenery, but she didn’t move overly fast—more like a slow lope. And then she stopped and cast a glance behind her.

Thank you, goddess of summer.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:27 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Song Sparrow**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Downy Woodpecker
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Veery
9. Gray Catbird
10. Pileated Woodpecker
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. American Redstart** (v)
13. American Crow*
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler
15. Northern Cardinal** (v)
16. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
17. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Alder Flycatcher
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Field Sparrow
25. American Robin
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Cedar Waxwing
28. House Wren
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. Chipping Sparrow (v)
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Prairie Warbler (v)
34. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Tufted Titmouse (v)
36. Pine Warbler
37. Eastern Wood-pewee
38. Brown Creeper (v)


39. Mallard
40. Rock Pigeon


Eastern Coyote

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


Grouse, etc.

Saturday, May 28th, 2022

Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Was supposed to rain today, which might be why I ended up sleeping later than I have in a long time. However, beyond a tiny bit of drizzle early, it didn’t rain at all. So dog and I had our usual hike—if a bit later than usual.

Warmish (60s (F)), a bit breezy, and with a good number of species—including a second-of-year booming partridge (a.k.a., Ruffed Grouse).

Thundershowers were possible, even—but nope. And tomorrow’s supposed to be sunny and mild. Works for me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:04 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo* (v)
2. Ovenbird* (v)
3. Eastern Phoebe*
4. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
5. Common Yellowthroat (v)
6. Song Sparrow
7. Veery (v)
8. Gray Catbird**
9. American Redstart** (v)
10. Eastern Wood-pewee
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (wing sound)
15. American Goldfinch** (v)
16. American Crow* (v)
17. Field Sparrow (v)
18. Alder Flycatcher
19. Yellow Warbler
20. American Robin
21. Field Sparrow
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. Blue Jay (v)
24. Northern Flicker (v)
25. Tufted Titmouse
26. Turkey Vulture
27. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
28. Broad-winged Hawk
29. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
30. Hermit Thrush (v)
31. Northern Cardinal (v)


32. Mallard
33. Mourning Dove

(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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