6 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘ruffed grouse’


Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Veery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 June 2019.

I’m not sure I mention often enough how much I appreciate Veeries. These little burnt-orange-backed thrushes arrive a little late, but arrive they do, to deliver their familiar Veeyur! alarm notes and their cascading fountains of song.

They also seem more friendly than the other woodland thrushes, tending to stick to the trails, hopping along in front of dog and me just around the next curve.

I love all thrushes, of course, have learned their songs and clucks and other sounds. Veeries, though, are highly underrated.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Common Yellowthroat**
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler*
5. Ovenbird**
6. American Goldfinch*
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Veery**
9. Gray Catbird
10. Eastern Wood-pewee
11. Blue Jay**
12. Tufted Titmouse
13. Hermit Thrush
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
16. Northern Cardinal** (v)
17. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
18. Alder Flycatcher
19. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
20. American Crow*
21. Yellow Warbler
22. Tree Swallow
23. Field Sparrow
24. Mourning Dove*
25. Song Sparrow**
26. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
27. Nashville Warbler (v)
28. Eastern Phoebe*
29. Red-tailed Hawk
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. American Robin*
32. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
33. Cedar Waxwing (v)
34. Pileated Woodpecker
35. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
36. Scarlet Tanager (v)
37. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
38. Wood Thrush (v)
39. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
40. Least Flycatcher (v)


41. House Finch
42. House Sparrow
43. Herring Gull
44. Brown-headed Cowbird
45. Rock Pigeon

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

Thanks, Nature

Friday, May 31st, 2019
Wilson’s Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2019.
Wilson’s Warbler.

Thick fog early. Again I didn’t expect much in the way of bird activity—or photos. Again I was wrong.

In fact, I had a first-of-year Blackpoll Warbler. Heard the voice of a Wilson’s Warbler for the first time (at least the first time I can remember). At home, I heard/spied a Tennessee Warbler—first in years.

Just an all around great birding day. Thanks, Nature.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Robin (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Gray Catbird**
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
5. Veery**
6. Scarlet Tanager (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. Common Yellowthroat**
11. Blackpoll Warbler†
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Red-eyed Vireo**
14. Tufted Titmouse* (v)
15. American Redstart
16. American Goldfinch (v)
17. American Crow*
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Field Sparrow
20. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
21. Least Flycatcher
22. Song Sparrow** (v)
23. Common Raven
24. Wilson’s Warbler
25. Chipping Sparrow*
26. Alder Flycatcher (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Northern Parula (v)
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Wood Thrush (v)
31. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
32. Blue Jay (v)
33. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
34. Northern Cardinal* (v)
35. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
36. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
37. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)


38. House Finch
39. Tennessee Warbler†
39. House Sparrow (v)
40. Osprey
41. Mallard
42. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year bird

At Last, True Spring

Saturday, May 25th, 2019
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 May 2019.
Song Sparrow.

The first warm spring day of 2019. I mean, truly warm. Plenty of birds about—including a first-of-year House Wren in “my” birch tree. Flycatchers, another Swainson’s Thrush.

Looks like the hill will have no Savannah Sparrows, though, for the first year I can remember.

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

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. American Redstart**
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo**
7. American Goldfinch**
8. Gray Catbird*
9. Swainson’s Thrush
10. Hairy Woodpecker
11. Northern Parula**
12. Least Flycatcher**
13. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Common Yellowthroat *(v)
16. Yellow Warbler**
17. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
18. Wood Thrush*
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Blue Jay*
21. Tree Swallow*
22. Broad-winged Hawk*
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Eastern Phoebe**
25. Field Sparrow
26. American Crow*
27. Eastern Kingbird
28. Mourning Dove*
29. House Wren
30. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
31. Song Sparrow**
32. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
33. Hermit Thrush (v)
34. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
35. Northern Flicker (v)
36. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)


37. House Finch (v)
38. Wild Turkey
39. Herring Gull
40. Double-crested Cormorant
41. American Robin
42. European Starling
43. Chipping Sparrow (v)
44. Brown-headed Cowbird
45. Common Grackle

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

Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson

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