26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘turkey vulture’

Magical Place

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 May 2022.
Yellow Warbler.

Stayed up late last night, slept late-ish this morning. Captain Jack and I didn’t make it to the hill until about 8 o’clock sun time. Sunny and cool and breezy, didn’t think I’d list so many birds at the late hour—but turned out I matched yesterday’s total number of species.

No firsts-of-year, no lifers. Mostly the usual suspects (along with a calling Black-billed Cuckoo, a species I hope to catch sight of one day). Some posed, although my captures tended toward the plain.

Still, what a lovely morning, and what a magical place we get to hang out in every day, dog and me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:01 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler
3. Ovenbird**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Northern Cardinal** (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. American Crow*
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. Veery (v)
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Broad-winged Hawk
17. Eastern Towhee
18. American Redstart** (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Mourning Dove
22. Song Sparrow**
23. American Robin
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
25. Field Sparrow
26. Prairie Warbler (v)
27. Eastern Phoebe*
28. Downy Woodpecker (v)
29. Northern Parula (v)
30. Nashville Warbler (v)
31. Turkey Vulture*
32. Common Raven (v)
33. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
34. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

35. Wild Turkey
36. Mallard
37. Herring Gull
38. European Starling

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

†First-of-year

Tanager

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
Summer Tanager (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04856.
Summer Tanager (female), a lifer for me.

A mostly clear, coolish, breezy morning. Just a lovely day. Quite a few birds about despite the wind—including a surprise vagrant on our return, one that happened to be a lifer for me. A Summer Tanager (female).

I assumed at first it was a female Scarlet Tanager. Kind of embarrassed I didn’t notice the differences in the field. Unmistakable, though, in retrospect.

Otherwise just a very lovely day overall. Rode my bike this afternoon to do errands. (Never had thundershowers last night, BTW.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. Ovenbird**
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Song Sparrow**
6. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Veery (v)
11. Gray Catbird**
12. Wood Thrush (v)
13. Black-and-white Warbler
14. Northern Parula
15. Eastern Towhee
16. American Redstart
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Chipping Sparrow**
22. Field Sparrow
23. American Robin
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
25. Tree Swallow
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
28. Turkey Vulture*
29. Savannah Sparrow
30. Eastern Wood-pewee
31. Blue-headed Vireo
32. Brown Creeper
33. Summer Tanager†‡
34. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

35. Wild Turkey
36. Northern Cardinal (v)
37. Mallard
38. Mourning Dove (v)

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

†First-of-year
‡Lifer

A Warm One

Saturday, May 14th, 2022
Black-and-white Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2022.
Black-and-white Warbler (female).

It was pretty warm already when Captain Jack and I hit the lower wooded trail this morning, earlier than the past few. Mid- to upper-60s to start (and mid- to upper-70s when we got done). So it was a bit slow for Jack, with his thick coat and all.

But we made it OK—and my list happened to end up with a bodacious number of bird species.

Three of which were firsts-of-year, none of which I saw—but their voices gave ’em away (Wood Thrush, Least Flycatcher, and Scarlet Tanager). Maybe tomorrow I’ll get a photo of one or the other.

Mid-may is a wondrous time of year for a bird nerd.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:17 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Black-and-white Warbler**
5. Northern Parula (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. American Crow*
8. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
9. American Goldfinch** (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe*
11. Red-winged Blackbird
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Northern Cardinal**
15. Northern Flicker
16. American Robin (v)
17. Least Flycatcher (v)
18. Wood Thrush (v)
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Gray Catbird
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
24. Yellow warbler (v)
25. Song Sparrow**
26. White-throated Sparrow (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Eastern Bluebird
29. Field Sparrow
30. Nashville Warbler (v)
31. Chipping Sparrow**
32. Savannah Sparrow (v)
33. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
34. Scarlet Tanager (v)
35. Turkey Vulture*
36. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

37. Mallard
38. Herring Gull
39. Pine Warbler
40. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals
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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