14 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Solitary Morning

Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 July 2019
Song Sparrow.

Cool, breezy, sunny, birdy. What a lovely morning—complete with familiar voices. Birds were all over the place (young and old), so I wasn’t hurting for photographs.

We had ourselves the run of the hill this morning, oddly. Where were all the early Sunday morning hikers I’m accustomed to seeing? It was weird.

But that left more birds to pay attention to. A couple of minor oddities: Red-winged Blackbird in flight, and the voice of a (migrating?) Ruby-crowned kinglet. Many, many juveniles.

Dewy blueberries, too.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Robin*
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Chipping Sparrow*
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
9. Ovenbird (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
15. Mourning Dove* (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
17. Northern Flicker (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow (v)
19. Herring Gull*
20. Common Raven (v)
21. American Goldfinch**
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Purple Finch (v)
25. Gray Catbird**
26. Northern Cardinal** (c)
27. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

28. European Starling
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Osprey

v = Voice only
*Also elsehwere
**VOice only elsewhere

Alder Fly

Saturday, July 27th, 2019
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 July 2019.
Alder Flycatcher.

I love the little Alder Flycatcher. These are shy birds, but the nest along he field edges of the preserve, and I’ve grown accustomed to their various subtle vocalizations (beyond their typical “free beer!” song).

Descending today, I heard the familiar Pip! alert sound of theirs coming from some greenery very near the trail. Of course Jack and I stopped so I could take a peek. The bird must’ve had fledglings nearby—otherwise I’d never have gotten close enough for this photo with a sprig of fireweed.

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

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. Gray Catbird**
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Song Sparrow**
12. Field Sparrow (v)
13. Yellow Warbler (v)
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe*
16. Eastern Bluebird
17. Osprey
18. American Robin
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Alder Flycatcher

Elsewhere

21. Wild Turkey
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Rock Pigeon
24. Mourning Dove

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

Biomass

Monday, July 22nd, 2019
Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 July 2019.
Chipping Sparrow.

A cool and breezy morning. Ahhh. Still mosquitos, ticks, and flies about, but oh, well. Totally worth it.

The usual suspects, along with a couple less common birds. One of the grosbeak families has fledged its young, so that’s happening. No other humans on the hill this lush Sunday morning.

Occurred to me (again) that there are at least twice as many birds around here as there were a mere three months ago. Sure, most of ’em will be gone by winter—but still.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. American Robin* (v)
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Mourning Dove* (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. American Goldfinch (v)
11. Song Sparrow*
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. American Crow*
16. Alder Flycatcher*
17. Gray Catbird*
18. Field Sparrow*
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Eastern Phoebe*
21. Eastern Bluebird (v)
22. Yellow Warbler*
24. Rose-breasted grosbeak
25.White-breasted Nuthatch
26. Northern Cardinal

Elsewhere

27. Pileated Woodpecker
27. Herring Gull
28. Rock Pigeon
29. House Sparrow
30. Red-winged Blackbird (v)

Elsewhere

23. Herring Gull
24.

 
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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