22 July 2024

Posts Tagged ‘Swainson’s thrush’

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


At Last, True Spring

Saturday, May 25th, 2019
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 May 2019.
Song Sparrow.

The first warm spring day of 2019. I mean, truly warm. Plenty of birds about—including a first-of-year House Wren in “my” birch tree. Flycatchers, another Swainson’s Thrush.

Looks like the hill will have no Savannah Sparrows, though, for the first year I can remember.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. American Redstart**
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo**
7. American Goldfinch**
8. Gray Catbird*
9. Swainson’s Thrush
10. Hairy Woodpecker
11. Northern Parula**
12. Least Flycatcher**
13. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Common Yellowthroat *(v)
16. Yellow Warbler**
17. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
18. Wood Thrush*
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Blue Jay*
21. Tree Swallow*
22. Broad-winged Hawk*
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Eastern Phoebe**
25. Field Sparrow
26. American Crow*
27. Eastern Kingbird
28. Mourning Dove*
29. House Wren
30. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
31. Song Sparrow**
32. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
33. Hermit Thrush (v)
34. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
35. Northern Flicker (v)
36. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)


37. House Finch (v)
38. Wild Turkey
39. Herring Gull
40. Double-crested Cormorant
41. American Robin
42. European Starling
43. Chipping Sparrow (v)
44. Brown-headed Cowbird
45. Common Grackle

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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