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Happy, Foggy Day

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:45 am, I hiked the open trail.

Yellowthroat in fog, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 2019.
Yellowthroat in fog.

Rained from early until mid-morning, pouring for some of it. But then Jack and I took our daily hike up a muddy foggy hill, and we encountered a plethora of bird families there.

Yep, the birds were definitely out. A bunch of ’em, too—way more than I’d expected. All their vocal interactions, for some reason, got me thinking (not for the first time) about clear communication. Modern humans don’t seem to have a whole lot of this, but birds sure do.

Songs, notes, warnings, subtleness, loudness, alarm.

A happy day is one with the voices of birds.

1. Veery (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. American Redstart
4. Purple Finch
5. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. Chipping Sparrow*
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. American Crow*
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
13. Yellow Warbler
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Gray Catbird* (v)
17. Nashville Warbler (v)
18. Mourning Dove*
19. Savannah Sparrow (v)
20. Herring Gull*
21. Eastern Phoebe*
22. Cedar Waxwing
23. Northern Flicker
24. Black-capped Chickadee
25. American Goldfinch** (v)
26. Blue Jay (v)
27. Common Raven (v)
28. Scarlet Tanager (v)
29.Tufted Titmouse (v)


30. House Finch
31. Wild Turkey
32. House Sparrow

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


Monday, June 17th, 2019
Black-billed Cuckoo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 17 June 2019.
Black-billed Cuckoo (with caterpillar).

A sunny, warm, kind of glorious morning. Spring at last. A breeze rose in the fully-fledged trees, and the resulting hush obscured some birdsong—but I heard enough (and saw enough) to have a happy hike with dog.

Portrait of chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 June 2019.
Portrait of chestnut-sided Warbler.

Happiest occurrence: A Black-billed Cuckoo zipped up to a branch directly in front of us along the wooded trail and posed for photos. I rarely get to photograph these shy birds.

Back home, a curiosity: the call of a kingfisher where I’d never heard one before. Weird.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
5. Common Yellowthroat**
6. Veery
7. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. American Goldfinch
12. Scarlet Tanager (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Eastern Phoebe*
18. Tree Swallow
19. Chipping Sparrow*
20. American Crow*
21. Double-crested Cormorant
22. Eastern Bluebird (v)
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Cedar Waxwing
25. Black-billed Cuckoo
26. Hermit Thrush (v)
27. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
28. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
29. Least Flycatcher
30. Northern Cardinal (v)


31. House Finch (v)
32. Herring Gull
33. Osprey (v)
34. Belted Kingfisher (v)

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

Sunny Morn

Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

First t-shirt day of the year, mosquitos be damned! A nice, warm, sunny morning with temperatures in the 70s (F). Birds were quiet (nesting) but active (food). Got a few photos. Woo-hoo!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

Fun morning, Mostly sun, lots of safety gear And plenty of birds int the fringes. You have to work for an ID at this time of year, in this ecosystem, but I’ll just look forwar to trying.

1. Northern Cardinal** (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Common Yellowthroat**
5. American Goldfinch (V)
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. American Redstart (v)
8. Hermit Thrush (v)
9. Black-and-white warbler
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
11. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
12. Veery**
13. Gray Catbird (v)
14. Eastern Towhee88 (v)
15. Eastern Wood-pewee
16. Alder Flycatcher
17. Nashville Warbler (v)
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Eastern Phoebe*
20. Tree Swallow
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. Great Crested Flycatcher**
23. American Crow*
24. Common Raven (v)
25. Savannah Sparrow
26. Ovenbird**
27. Scarlet Tanager (v)
28. Least Flycatcher (v)


29. House Finch (v)
30. Chipping Sparrow
31. Herring Gull

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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