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Flycatchers

Friday, September 1st, 2023
Alder Flycatcher (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 September 2023.
Alder Flycatcher (juvie).

A cool, cloudless morning greeted dog and me as we headed up the wooded trail. By “cool,” I mean mid- to upper-50s (F). But once we hit the open fields, the sun warmed us up a bit—and, considering his thick coat, Jack didn’t much mind the little chill.

Birds were about, and moving. Notable, today, were the three flycatchers that showed up. In the woods, a wood-pewee perched on a snag and sang, occasionally making a quick flight to catch a fly. Nearing the summit, I caught sight of a young Alder Flycatcher (a species that prefers open areas)—and, nearby, a Least Flycatcher.

Between those three species and the waxwings that perched high in the summit spruce grove and dined on a fly hatch, the population of flies dipped quite a bit today.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:20 a.m. EST (8:20 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. American Goldfinch
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. Song Sparrow
15. American Crow* (v)
16. Veery (v)
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. American Robin
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Northern Flicker (v)
21. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
22. Least Flycatcher

Elsewhere

23. Herring Gull
24. Belted Kingfisher

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

†First-of-year

Noise

Thursday, August 3rd, 2023
American Robin (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 August 2023.
American Robin (juvie).

Dog and I hiked up through such a cool and breezy and luscious wood this morning. Also rather quiet. Birds don’t sing or call so much when they’ve got youngsters to raise (as I’ve certainly mentioned before), and the numbers were low this day—but what I heard and saw in the nearly silent trees (as usual) moved me.

Birds occupied the open summit and airy barrens also—but they were drowned out by the sound of machines. Noise, I should say. It’s a pet peeve, I must say—the horrible metallic whines and groans and growls and clanks and screeches of humanity. A plane flying low above, an annoyingly loud tractor across the valley.

If we humans are so smart and creative, how come we can’t engineer machines that make no noise—or at least very, very little? Too often I find myself yearning for quietude.

Some days aren’t so bad, though. Maybe tomorrow will be like that (it’s supposed to rain).

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:05 a.m. EST (8:05 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. Downy Woodpecker
5. Northern Cardinal
6. American Goldfinch
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. White-breasted Nuthatch
9. Veery
10. Gray Catbird
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Alder Flycatcher
13. Mourning Dove
14. Cedar Waxwing
15. Song Sparrow
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Barn Swallow
18. American Robin
19. Common Raven
20. Blue Jay

Elsewhere

21. Herring Gull
22. Canada Goose
23. Osprey
24. Eastern Phoebe

(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

 
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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