24 March 2023

Posts Tagged ‘tree swallow’

Beautiful Day

Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Blue Jay, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 September 2022.
Blue Jay.

The air was clean and cool and dry, the sky was blue with a few clouds, the breeze was fickle, and the birds were furtive—but present. What a beautiful morning.

Right away a thrush appeared, hopping up the trail. Before long, a couple-three woodpeckers, a crow and a jay, a wood-pewee, nuthatches… At the summit, dog and I met a friend we hadn’t seen in a while, and we had a good, long chat. A swallow showed up—and a very loud military jet (first I recall seeing up there).

And, at the end of our hike, a Blue Jay on a blue sky day.

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

1. Hermit Thrush
2. Downy Woodpecker (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. Blue Jay
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. White-breasted Nuthatch**
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker
11. American Redstart
12. Pileated Woodpecker
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Gray Catbird
15. American Goldfinch (v)
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
17. Eastern Phoebe
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Osprey
20. Turkey Vulture
21. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
22. Tree Swallow


23. Northern Cardinal (v)
24. Mourning Dove


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


Fly Hatch

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022
Cedar Waxwings in a fly hatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 August 2022.
Cedar Waxwings in a fly hatch.

A bit of a late start this overcast morning, thinking it might get bright enough for photos eventually. Dim it was, and pretty quiet up the wooded trails, but things got interesting at the summit again.

House Finch was new. Another oriole (which I didn’t frankly notice until I saw the photo many hours later). Bluebirds. Big birds—osprey, gull, vulture. But most exciting was probably the big ol’ fly hatch in the summit spruce grove, which had waxwings (and bluebirds) going nuts. Also a nice chat with some friends.

I’d repeat this hike. It was a good ’un.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:53 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Hermit Thrush (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Northern Cardinal** (v)
11. Gray Catbird
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Song Sparrow
15. Baltimore Oriole
16. House Wren (v)
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Eastern Wood-pewee
19. Downy Woodpecker (v)
20. House Finch
21. American Robin
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Herring Gull*
25. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
26. Yellow Warbler (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Osprey
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)


31. Mourning Dove

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


Summer Heat

Saturday, June 25th, 2022
Beech Nut phoebe. (Eastern pheobe.)
Beech Nut phoebe

A warm morning, with mosquitos about. Cloudless, little wend. Felt a lot like summer.

Speaking of—I heard another singing Summer Tanager down in the bottomlands. Marched off trail for a while but never did get even a peak at the bird. Will try again tomorrow.

A lovely hike, with sweat galore,

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:20 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. American Crow*
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. American Redstart** (v)
9. Summer Tanager (v)
10. Veery
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. Gray Catbird
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. Black-and-white Warbler
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Field Sparrow (v)
20. Purple Finch (v)
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Savannah Sparrow (v)
24. Mourning Dove
25. American Robin
26. Alder Flycatcher (v)
27. Hermit Thrush (v)
28. House Wren
29. Northern Flicker
30. Tree Swallow
31. Red-breasted Nuthatch
32. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
33.Broad-winged Hawk
34. Tufted Titmouse (v)
35. Common Raven (v)
36 Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
37. Wood Thrush (v)


38. House Finch
39. Rock Pigeon


White-tailed Deer

(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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