30 September 2022

Posts Tagged ‘Swainson’s thrush’

Thrush, Revisited

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022
Thrush, revisited, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 September 2022.
Thrush, revisited.

It rained most of last night, and the day dawned wet and drippy. The overcast lasted all day, but my morning hike with dog was all sweet, watery drippiness. Quiet, though, with few birds flitting around in the greenery.

Until (as yesterday) we reached a spot on the wooded trail where chickadees were chatting at each other. Sure enough, several species of small birds were accompanying the chickadees—vireo, warblers, a wood-pewee….

Also spied a Swainson’s Thrush again, perhaps the same individual as yesterday. I listened as it repeatedly uttered a sweet short note I’d never heard before.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:03 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow
3. Ovenbird
4. Northern Flicker
5. Gray Catbird
6. Eastern Towhee (v)
7. Song Sparrow
8. Common Yellowthroat (v)
9. Swainson’s Thrush
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Cedar Waxwing (v)
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Black-throated Green Warbler
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Tufted Titmouse (v)
16. Red-eyed Vireo
17. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
18. White-throated Sparrow
19. American Goldfinch


20. Mallard


Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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


Last Gasp

Monday, September 19th, 2022
Swainson’s Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2022.
Swainson’s Thrush.

Rained overnight, and this morning when the sun rose, the woods were damp and drippy. Awful quiet, but birds were lurking and skulking and flitting—mostly just out of sight. A few revealed themselves, though: flickers, robins, a lone Swainson’s Thrush; calling raven and jays and goldfinches; a flushed grouse.

Even quieter on our way back down the lower wooded trail, until just a few hundred yards from the trailhead, when chickadees piped up, and a glance into the damp foliage exposed a wave of little birds—warblers, creepers, a wood-pewee.

I’m a big fan of this time of year—a time you might call summer’s last gasp.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Common Raven (v)
2. Blue Jay**
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Northern Flicker
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Gray Catbird
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Swainson’s Thrush
9. American Robin*
10. Red-eyed Vireo
11. American Goldfinch**
12. Ruffed Grouse
13. American Crow*
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Song Sparrow
18. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. White-throated Sparrow
21. Downy Woodpecker (v)
22. Brown Creeper
23. Black-and-white Warbler
24. Chestnut-sided Warbler
25. Black-throated Green Warbler
26. Eastern Wood-pewee


Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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


Rain A-comin’

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

Dog and I hit the hill early this morning. That’s because rain was approaching—and approaching pretty fast, from what the weather radar showed. In case we needed to hightail it early, I parked in the main lot for the first time since our return to Maine. (Closer to the birch I photograph every day.)

Not many species, as you might imagine, but ending with a real nice sighting: a Swainson’s Thrush (first for me in years). It perched high in an oak, within view, but it was backlit, and I couldn’t ID it with my eyes—but it uttered a quick scratchy call (“oriole?” I thought) and, as it flew away, sang a few sweet little notes. Confirmed later that it was a thrush, but none that I knew well. Swainson’s occurred to me, so I checked. Exactly the vocalizations I’d heard.

The rain did arrive, although we likely didn’t have to hurry. Good and soaking. Still need more, though.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:48 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Blue Jay
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Song Sparrow
6. Eastern Towhee (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Brown Creeper (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
14. Gray Catbird (v)
15. Swainson’s Thrush†

(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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