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Posts Tagged ‘veery’


Friday, September 16th, 2022
Veery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 September 2022.

A chillier morning than yesterday’s—upper 40s (F). A bit “nipply,” as they say around here. But migration has begun, and the overnight winds were more or less favorable, so I anticipated some kind of minor excitement.

But it was also overcast and breezy, and things were quiet at first.

Then, over the course of my hike with dog, a couple dozen species showed up (and/or sounded off). Notable were another passel of flickers, a little wave of yellow-rumps, a lovely young Veery, a Mourning Dove, and an Osprey and a solitary Ruby-throated Hummingbird in overflight near the summit of the hill.

Looks like tomorrow will also prove promising—and chances of rain over the following few days, so who knows?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:20 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Hermit Thrush
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Gray Catbird
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Northern Flicker**
9. Mourning Dove
10. Song Sparrow
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Brown Creeper
17. Red-eyed Vireo
18. American Robin*
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Yellow-rumped Warbler
21. Veery
22. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
23. Savannah Sparrow
24. Osprey
25. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


26. Carolina Wren (v)
27. Rock Pigeon

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


Mini Fallout

Monday, September 5th, 2022
Northern Parula, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 September 2022.
Northern Parula.

The forecast was for rain pretty much all day. Up early to check the weather radar, noting that, although it’d rained at some point overnight, it wasn’t raining now. Radar showed no rain for a couple hours—so right away dog and I hit the trail.

Quiet, as I’d expected. Cool, fresh air, dramatic sky, but few bird species. Still a lovely morning.

On our return, only about a hundred yards from the truck, I noticed a bunch of little birds poking about in a couple hardwoods above the trail. First one I spotted was a Northern Parula. And for the next maybe ten minutes, Jack waited patiently while I stood there snapping photos of birds. Added eight species to my list during those minutes.

Not long after our return home, it began to rain. All day, pretty much—and pretty hard at times. Supposed to continue off and on until morning.

Real good to have the rain.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:59 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Wild Turkey
2. American Crow*
3. Veery (v)
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Eastern Towhee**
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Song Sparrow
8. American Goldfinch
9. Gray Catbird
10. Common Yellowthroat (v)
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
13. Hermit Thrush
14. Field Sparrow
15. Purple Finch (v)
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Northern Parula
18. Eastern Bluebird (v)
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Nashville Warbler
22. Alder Flycatcher
23. Tufted Titmouse (v)


24. Carolina Wren (v)
25. Herring Gull


Eastern Chipmunk (v)
Eastern Gray Squirrel

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



Sunday, September 4th, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 04 September 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

Another in a string of fair, cool mornings. When much of the rest of the country is suffering through heat waves and droughts and fires and flooding, dog and I are particularly lucky in these challenging days.

Plus, I had thirty bird species on my list today. Notable: a gull in the woods (?), first Hermit Thrush in a while, first Veery in a while, first Ovenbird in a while, first Savannah Sparrow in a while. The latter, in particular rather thrilled me.

What a lovely morning. To be followed by a day of rain—or so they say.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:40 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Crow
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker
5. Ovenbird
6. Herring Gull
7. Brown Creeper
8. Hermit Thrush
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Tufted Titmouse
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Veery
14. Gray Catbird
15. American Goldfinch
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Purple Finch
20. Common Yellowthroat
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Field Sparrow
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
25. Yellow Warbler
26. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
27. Eastern Phoebe
28. Blue Jay
29. Least Flycatcher
30. Northern Flicker


31. Northern Cardinal
32. Carolina Wren


Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

(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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