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A Summer Morn

Sunday, June 26th, 2022
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 June 2022.
Red-eyed Vireo.

Dog and I got to the trailhead a bit later than yesterday, but still we were the first in the parking lot. Not as warm as yesterday, not quite as cloudless, not quite so many mosquitos—but every bit as lovely, interesting, miraculous.

Snowshoe Hare, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 June 2022.
Snowshoe Hare.

Encountered thirty-three bird species and a Snowshoe Hare (with tick-infested ears, poor critter). Among the birds were a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds in overflight (not ID’d until after I viewed my photos later). Also a papa bluebird and mama Pileated Woodpecker, respectively with fledglings.

And for the first time in a long while, a Red-eyed Vireo posed for me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:51 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird
3. Northern Cardinal** (v)
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Hermit Thrush (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Veery
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. American Redstart** (v)
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Gray Catbird
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. American Goldfinch (v)
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Black-capped Chickadee**
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Yellow Warbler
18. Pileated Woodpecker
19. Song Sparrow
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. Red-winged Blackbird
24. Prairie Warbler
25. American Robin
26. White-breasted Nuthatch
27. Turkey Vulture
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Savannah Sparrow
32. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
33. Brown Creeper (v)


34. Herring Gull
35. European Starling
36. House Sparrow


Eastern Chipmunk
Snowshoe Hare

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



Friday, June 8th, 2018

Snowshoe Hare, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 June 2018.

Snowshoe Hare.

Jack and I came upon a hare this morning. It didn’t dash away—rather stayed by the trailside nibbling on purple clover while I took about three minutes of video. Then it loped toward us a ways before slipping off into the thicket. That was a surprise.

American Redstart, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 June 2018.

American Redstart.

As was the pair of Mallards that flew swifly past us on our trip back down.

The morning was cool and overcast and just a teensy bit rainy, but by afternoon things had warmed, the sky had cleared, and I couldn’t resist taking dog up the hill again, but this time wearing sandals. (Me, not Jack.)

And then I mowed my lawn.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m.—and again at 2 p.m.—I hiked the open trail.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
4. Ovenbird (v)
5. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
6. American Redstart**
7. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
8. Alder Flycatcher (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Eastern Phoebe*
11. Song Sparrow**
12. Eastern Bluebird (v)
13. Northern Cardinal (v)
14. American Robin (v)
15. Tree Swallow
16. Yellow Warbler (v)
17. Gray Catbird** (v)
18. Common Yellowthroat (v)
19. American Crow*
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. Purple Finch (v)
23. Mallard
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
26. Cedar Waxwing (v)


27. Mourning Dove
28. Rock Pigeon
29. Northern Flicker
30. Herring Gull

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


Before the Storm

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Snowshoe Hare, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 March 2018.

Snowshoe Hare.

A gray, chilly, breezy morning. I didn’t expect to manage a long bird list—but when I heard the hoots of a Barred Owl while ascending Beech Hill, I figured Nature had other thoughts. She did.

Loper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 March 2018.


Quite a few species, turned out, flitting animatedly in the branches and undergrowth. A couple of red squirrels. And, surprisingly, A Snowshoe Hare.

I’d been focusing on a chickadee when I felt Jack’s leash grow taught. I suspected he’d caught a strong whiff of something and was hoping to get a closer sniff. But his insistent tug soon got my attention, and up the trail behind us, I saw the hare loping down our way. Quite the surprise.

The hare stopped at the edge of the trail about thirty feet away. Jack, motionless at the end of his tether, didn’t make a sound. I frantically worked to get a decent photo. Got a couple half-way decent ones.

It took fifteen seconds or so for the hare to bound away into the bushes. It’s seasonal coat stood out against the brown landscape.

Tomorrow, though, it’ll be safely camouflaged again.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. Barred Owl (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Downy Woodpecker


9. Canada Goose (v)
10. Herring Gull
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Mallard

v = Voice only
*Also 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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