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Swallows

Monday, August 7th, 2023
Tree Swallows (and one Barn Swallow), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 August 2023.
Tree Swallows (and one Barn Swallow).

The day began with a hazy sun and an overcast on the way. A different day from yesterday, in part on account of a fly hatch. At the tips of the summit spruce grove, flies attracted many (mostly young) Tree Swallows—and one Barn Swallow tagged along.

Farther down the hill, a similar hatch lured a big flock of waxwings to the tops of some small trailside hardwoods. The birds were in waxwing heaven.

Tomorrow the rain will come. Dog and I will get wet for sure. Don’t mind.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:01 a.m. EST (8:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. American Goldfinch
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Brown Creeper (v)
9. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. Gray Catbird
12. Tree Swallow
13. Barn Swallow
14. American Robin*
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. American Crow*
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Chipping Sparrow
20. Purple Finch
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. Black-and-white Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

26. Northern Cardinal (v)
27. Herring Gull
28. Wild Turkey
29. Mourning Dove
30. Rock Pigeon

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

†First-of-year

More Juvies

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023
Eastern Towhee (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 August 2023.
Eastern Towhee (juvie).

First I looked at the thermometer this morning, the temp was in the 50s (F). But soon enough, the nice cool hike to start for dog and me became rather warm. The breeze helped—as did the ol’ birding distraction. Still plenty of juvies (among them a towhee that posed), but my total species count was pretty low.

Still had a few exciting moments—a calling Red-shouldered Hawk, juvie towhees and Chestnut-sided Warblers.

This afternoon some rain fell, and I heard a rumble of thunder. Looking forward to seeing how tomorrow shapes up.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:22 a.m. EST (8:22 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Blue Jay
3. American Goldfinch
4. Black-throated Green Warbler
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler
6. Veery
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Tufted Titmouse
12. American Crow
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Alder Flycatcher
15. Song Sparrow
16. Red-shouldered Hawk
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Gray Catbird
19. Hermit Thrush
20. Turkey Vulture
21. Tree Swallow
22. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

23. Herring Gull
24. Eastern Phoebe

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Sparrows

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023
Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 July 2023.
Chipping Sparrow.

A hazy sun was rising when dog and I arrived at the wooded trailhead this morning. I’d seen where the smoke from big wildfires in Canada might waft this way, and I’m pretty sure that’s the source of some of the haze that turned the sun orange. A very faint smell of smoke, perhaps (but nowhere near as strong as the smell of those western fires while we were in Utah).

Birds were about, though—many of them. Notable was a solitary hummingbird, a calling sapsucker, and a posing Chipping Sparrow. The chippy got me thinking about how thankful I am for the various sparrows I see nearly every day (my favorite being the Savannah Sparrow—don’t tell the others.

First-of-year goldenrod today, and fresh red sumac drupes. Less rain in the forecast, and warm temps. Summer on the coast of Maine.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:30 a.m. EST (7:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Eastern Phoebe
3. Black-throated Green Warbler
4. Ovenbird
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. Veery
7. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
8. American Goldfinch
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Blue Jay
12. White-breasted Nuthatch
13. Brown Creeper
14. Hermit Thrush
15. American Crow
16. Gray Catbird
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Chestnut-sided Warbler
20. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
21. Song Sparrow
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Yellow Warbler
24. Field Sparrow
25. Tree Swallow
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Mourning Dove
28. Northern Cardinal
29. Cedar Waxwing
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. American Robin
32. Downy Woodpecker
33. Black-and-white Warbler
34. American Redstart
35. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

36. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

(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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