5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘Swainson’s thrush’

Flitting Migrants

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022
Swainson’s Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 October 2022.
Swainson’s Thrush.

Again nippy with partial sun, but rather windy when dog and I headed up the hill. With the loudly rustling leaves, it was hard to make out the voices of the birds in the woods—but I followed a couple pods of chickadees, who were (as often is the case) companied by quiet little warblers. Also vireos.

Four warbler spp., three corvid spp., two vireo spp, a pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks, an Osprey, and the southbound flight of three geese. Plus a raven—and another Swainson’s Thrush. (Growing to like the species a lot.)

I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Purple Finch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Blue-headed Vireo
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. Nashville Warbler
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Magnolia Warbler
10. Swainson’s Thrush
11. White-throated Sparrow*
12. Sharp-shinned Hawk
13. Canada Goose
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Dark-eyed Junco
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

20. Song Sparrow (v)

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

†First-of-year

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

Elsewhere

20. Mallard

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

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

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

(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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