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Yellowthroat

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023
Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2023.
Common Yellowthroat.

Another Beech Hill hike without Jack-my-dog (again we walked from the house to the Wellness Trail later), which still seems extremely weird. However, a little excitement on the hill. For one thing, I counted thirty-six species today.

In reviewing this total later, I realized I’d skipped a number. However, I happened upon a blurry photo, quickly snapped, that showed a bird I could not identify. Checked with an expert ID friend, who pronounced it a female Indigo Bunting. Also got nice pics of a yellowthroat for a change and encountered a Snowshoe Hare.

Another sunny one forecast for tomorrow, but rain’s gonna come this weekend—and continue all the following week. (Frankly, we can use it.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:00 a.m. sun time (7:00 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe
5. Veery (v)
6. American Redstart* (v)
7. Blue Jay** (v)
8. American Goldfinch
9. Mourning Dove (v)
10. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
13. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
14. Pileated Woodpecker
15. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Eastern Towhee**
20. Common Yellowthroat**
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. Gray Catbird*
24. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
25. Yellow Warbler**
26. Song Sparrow**
27. Indigo Bunting†
28. Chipping Sparrow**
29. American Crow*
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
32. Scarlet Tanager (v)
33. American Robin* (v)
34. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
35. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
36. Brown-headed Cowbird

Elsewhere

37. Mallard
38. Carolina Wren (v)
39. Herring Gull
40. Osprey (v)

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

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

†First-of-year

Ovenbird

Thursday, May 11th, 2023
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 11 May 2023.
Ovenbird.

’Tis the season of the Ovenbird. Just now they’re singing teacher–teacher–TEACHER! all through the woodlands around here. I might well have mentioned before that I set my phone’s ringtone to the song of the Ovenbird so I’d never hear it at this time of year. (These days I leave my cell on mute while birding.)

They’ve been around for several days, but today was the first time one posed for a photo, perched about twenty or thirty feet up in the canopy.

Today’s first-of-year bird? Another one word species: Veery. I’ve missed this plain little thrush. Won’t be long before a lot of other species will be arriving—flycatchers, tanagers, and the like.

Also saw a hare and snake. I love these greening days.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:18 a.m. sun time (7:18 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Song Sparrow**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker
5. American Goldfinch**
6. Eastern Phoebe*
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Northern Parula (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
12. Blue Jay (v)
13. Chestnut-sided Warbler
14. Veery† (v)
15. American Crow*
16. Northern Cardinal
17. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
18. Gray Catbird
19. Herring Gull* (v)
20. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
21. Purple Finch**
22. American Robin**
23. White-throated Sparrow** (v)
24. Common Yellowthroat (v)
25. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
26. Yellow-rumped Warbler
27. Field Sparrow (v)
28. Chipping Sparrow
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Turkey Vulture
31. Tree Swallow
32. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
33. Savannah Sparrow
34. Prairie Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

35. Pine Warbler
36. Mallard
37. European Starling
38. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

Reptiles

Common Garter Snake

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

†First-of-year

Spring, Cont’d.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2023
Tree Swallow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 April 2023.
Tree Swallow.

Another nippy morning, but blazingly sunny to start. (Sunnier than the forecast, in fact.) Some breeze, blue skies, but fewer bird species than yesterday at the beginning of my hike with Captain Jack.

However, that soon changed. Not only did I end up with twenty-eight species today—including a first-of-year Winter Wren, by the way—but it was a crazy cool selection. Not only that, but on our return down the wooded trail, we encountered a fellow hiker who’s just seen two Snowshoe Hares. This encounter happened just after I’d heard something crashing through the undergrowth. So I took her word for it and put the hare on today’s list

Supposed to be a rainy one tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:17 a.m. real time (7:17 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v, drumming)
2. Northern Flicker (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
5. Northern Cardinal** (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Blue Jay
8. Eastern Phoebe*
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Purple Finch (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch**
12. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
13. American Goldfinch**
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. Red-shouldered Hawk (v)
16. Winter Wren† (v)
17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
18. Eastern Bluebird
19. Eastern Towhee (v)
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Song Sparrow**
22. American Robin
23. Tree Swallow
24. Chipping Sparrow
25. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
26. Turkey Vulture
27. Herring Gull*
28. Wild Turkey

Elsewhere

29. Mallard

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

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

†First-of-year

 
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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