14 April 2024

Posts Tagged ‘savannah sparrow’


Friday, October 13th, 2023
Northern Parula, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 October 2023.
Northern Parula.

This morning’s hike was a c-c-cold one to start: mid-40s (F). her But the sky was mostly blue, and over time, the sun warmed things up, as it does. Not a huge number of bird species—but some really interesting ones. Heard the cry of a red-tail, for instance (and saw two flying in a southerly direction). Saw a pair of larks. Listened to another kinglet’s rollicking song.

Most fun, though, was discovering a Northern Parula amid a little flock of yellow-rumps along the wooded trail. One even stopped moving long enough for a photographic glimpse.

[Note on Bird Report: This might well be my last post for a while—possibly the last post. These daily missives take a while to create, and I’m finding I have a lot I want to do with my time these days. But never fear: I do intend still to hike around a lot with binoculars and camera, so there will be bird photos out there. But mostly likely they’ll be on Instagram: @brrrder.]

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:46 a.m. EST (8:46 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay**
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Northern Parula
5. White-throated Sparrow (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Hermit Thrush
8. American Crow*
9. Horned Lark
10. Red-tailed Hawk
11. Savannah Sparrow
12. Song Sparrow
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
15. Eastern Towhee *(v)


16. Herring Gull


Eastern Chipmunk

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


Even Foggier

Friday, October 6th, 2023
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 October 2023.
Hermit Thrush.

Thicker fog, cooler temps, drippier understory—that about describes the meteorological conditions as dog and I headed up the main Beech Hill trail. Honestly, so foggy I didn’t think I’d get close to any decent bird photos. If in fact we I caught sight of any birds.

Right away I caught sight of several species moving around in the dim, drippy trees. And eventually I managed several pretty decent pics.

Supposed to be rainy tomorrow. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:58 a.m. EST (8:58 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-throated Sparrow**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay** (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. American Crow* (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Savannah Sparrow
14. Northern Flicker
15. Hermit Thrush
16. Hairy Woodpecker


17. Herring Gull
18. European Starling


Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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


Mini Fallout

Thursday, September 14th, 2023
Northern Parula with caterpillar, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 September 2023.
Northern Parula with caterpillar.

The forecast rain didn’t arrive, and the fog at the beginning of my hike with dog vanished within about twenty minutes, but still I didn’t list too many bird species this morning. However, toward the end of this daily excursion of ours, we encountered another little mini fallout.

Today’s warbler species included redstart, yellow-rump, parula, and chestnut-sided. Chickadees and a vireo were a part of this antic collection of little flitting birds.

I love this time of year.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:14 a.m. EST (8:14 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Blue Jay** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Goldfinch
5. Gray Catbird**
6. Common Raven (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. American Robin
9. Savannah Sparrow
10. Eastern Bluebird (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. Red-eyed Vireo
15. Eastern Towhee
16. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
17. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
18. Northern Flicker (v)
19. Cedar Waxwing (v)
20. Turkey Vulture
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler
22. Northern Parula
23. American Redstart


24. Mourning Dove
25. Carolina Wren (v)
26. Tufted Titmouse (v)
27. House Sparrow (v)
28. Northern Cardinal
29. Osprey (v)
30. Herring Gull


Eastern Gray Squirrel

(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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