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Big Day

Monday, May 27th, 2019
Black-throated Blue Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 May 2019.
Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Thick fog this morning, but it burned off by the time we got to the trailhead. And it turned out to be the best birding day of spring so far. Dozens of species, good looks, nice variety—but I forgot to turn on my GoPro.

Good hike though: first-of-year Maggie warb, decent photos. Fun and fruitful anyway.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Veery
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler*
9. Great Crested Flycatcher
10. Yellow Warbler
11. Gray Catbird**
12. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
13. Northern Parula
14. Wood Thrush (v)
15. Blue Jay*
16. Eastern Towhee*
17. Magnolia Warbler†
18. American Goldfinch
19. Scarlet Tanager (v)
20. Herring Gull*
21. Alder Flycatcher
22. American Crow*
23. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
24. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
25. Song Sparrow**
26. Field Sparrow
27. Eastern Phoebe
28. Tree Swallow
29. Barn Swallow
30. Chipping Sparrow**
31. Broad-winged Hawk
32. Turkey Vulture*
33. Eastern Bluebird (v)
34. Nashville Warbler (v)
35. Northern Flicker (v)
36. Purple Finch
37. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
38. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
39. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
40. Mourning Dove**
41. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
42. Hermit Thrush (v)
43. Black-throated Blue Warbler
44. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
45. Blackburnian Warbler (v)
46. Black-and-white Warbler**


47. House Finch (v)
48. Wild Turkey
49. Laughing Gull†

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year bird

Woolly bear

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 October.2015.

Northern Harrier.

For the second straight day, I took Jack on two Beech Hill hikes. They’re more like strolls, really, when we ascend via the main trail—a dirt road with a steep stretch—but I’m still gonna call ’em hikes, OK?

Wolly bear caterpillar, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 October.2015.

Wolly bear caterpillar.

The day was cool, and the color is getting there, and the hill was jammed with people looking to get outdoors. Saw two harriers, a vulture, many yellow-rumps, jays. Heard a croaking raven.

Also noticed a woolly bear preceding us up the October trail.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 11 a.m., and again at 2:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Blue Jay*
4. American Crow*
5. Northern Harrier
6. Turkey Vulture
7. Common Raven (v)
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)


9. White-breasted nuthatch (v)
10. Herring Gull

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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