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Chill and Breeze

Tuesday, September 26th, 2023
Turkey Vulture, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 September 2023.
Turkey Vulture.

I hiked the hill twice today—once with dog and a second time leading a friendly a birding group. What with the chill and breeze, not a lot of birds showed up—but both hikes were well worth it in this new young lovely fall.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:18 a.m. EST (8:18 DST) and again at 8:30 (9:30), I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Common Yellowthroat (v)
7. Eastern Towhee (v)
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

10. Mallard
11. Herring Gull

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

Many Birdies

Thursday, September 21st, 2023
Hermit Thrush (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2023.
Hermit Thrush (immature).

This morning was clear and cool and breezy and lovely—one of my favorite mornings in a long time, weather-wise. But also a favorite, bird-wise. Not only did many show up, but quite a few posed for photos.

My favorite of the bunch (photo, not bird) was the cooperative young thrush you see here.

(Note: I heard the notes of a White-throated Sparrow this morning, first since spring. Another of several recent signs of fall migration.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:23 a.m. EST (8:23 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. Broad-winged Hawk
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Red-eyed Vireo
8. White-throated Sparrow (v)
9. American Crow*
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. Gray Catbird (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. American Robin (v)
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. Northern Parula
16. Northern Flicker (v)
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven
19. Song Sparrow
20. Turkey Vulture
21. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

22. Carolina Wren (v)
23. Mallard
24. Rock Pigeon
25. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

Sad

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler (deceased), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 September 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler (deceased).
Bald Eagle (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 September 2023.
Bald Eagle (immature).

Two Beech Hill hikes today: a quick, early one with Jack-my-dog, and a later, longer one with a group of curious kids on a middle school field trip. Both were fun.

Ten species early and another six later—the latter ones being most interesting (including an eagle accompanied by hawks). Alas, the last bird on my list was deceased: a dead Black-and-white Warbler I found lying along the trail near the summit. My guess is the bird flew into a window of the hut and managed to flutter across the lawn a ways before succumbing to its injuries. Whatever the case, it’s always sad to find a dead bird.

Migration is risky no matter who you are, and some migrants don’t make it to their destinations. I tossed the little warbler into a soft, shady patch of grass.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:30 a.m. EST (8:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay** (v)
2. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
4. Hermit Thrush (v)
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. Gray Catbird
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. American Goldfinch
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
12. Turkey Vulture*
13. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Red-shouldered Hawk
15. American Crow*
16. Bald Eagle
17. Black-and-white Warbler (deceased)

Elsewhere

18. Carolina Wren (v)
19. House Sparrow
20. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
House Sparrow

Reptiles

Eastern Garter Snake

(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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