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Saturday, May 6th, 2017
White-throated Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 May 2017.

White-throated Sparrow.

Yellow-rumped warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 May 2017.

Yellow-rumped warbler.

Cooper’s Hawk, Rockport, Maine, 06 May 2017.

Cooper’s Hawk.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. American Goldfinch
3. Eastern Phoebe
4. Black-and-white Warbler
5. Gray Catbird
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Herring Gull
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. White-throated Sparrow
10. Purple Finch
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. American Robin
13. American Crow
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Song Sparrow
16. Black-capped Chickadee
17. American Kestrel
18. Tree Swallow
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Northern Cardinal
21. Northern Flicker
22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
23. White-breasted Nuthatch
24. Chipping Sparrow
25. Tufted Titmouse


26. Cooper’s Hawk
27. Rock Pigeon
28. House Sparrow

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



Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
Monarch, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2012.


Coolish today, with a breeze. Cloudless for most of it. While out doing errands, I spotted a few town birds and a broad-winged hawk crossing Route 1. Took a hike with Jack at the usual late-summer hour and found a quiet hillside amid faint bird sounds and unidentified flitting species. I did manage to ID the voice of a young vireo (nearby was the voice of its alarmed parent). Spotted a silent hermit thrush in the shadows. Spotted a phoebe in the woods near where I saw one yesterday—likely the same bird—and got only a glimpse of what looked to be an adult wood warbler (chestnut-sided?). The wood-pewees are still around, at least one family.

At the edge of the summit fields, I spent quite a while photographing a monarch butterfly dining on a wind-whipped goldenrod. It seemed undaunted by its dramatic swinging and swaying.

Also had a nice chat with a friendly visiting family up at Beech Nut. That’s where I’ve mostly engaged in conversations these days. Other than with Jack, I mean. (And that’s mostly one-sided.)

Tonight is clear and cool. The moon is nearly full for the second time this month.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5 p.m., I hiked the wooded trails.

1. Black-capped chickadee
2. American crow*
3. Cedar waxwing
4. Gray catbird (v)
5. American goldfinch*
6. Red-eyed vireo (v)
7. Northern flicker (v)
8. Hermit thrush
9. Eastern phoebe
10. Warbler (sp.)
11. Eastern wood-pewee (v)


12. Herring gull
13. Rock pigeon
14. House sparrow
15. Broad-winged hawk
16. American robin (v)
17. Northern cardinal (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Ten-warbler day

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Ovenbird, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 11 May 2010.


Birding with a dog has its drawbacks.

Oh, but I’m not complaining: Jack is a remarkably agreeable birding dog (as opposed to “bird dog”). He’s quiet. Never barks on the trail. I say, “Wait,” and he stops and waits. Quietly. As long as it takes. I can mutter, “Slowww,” and his pace will slow to a lazy stroll. He’s incredibly patient. I’ve managed some great looks and decent photos with Jack on the end of a leash held loosely in my left hand.

Northern harrier, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 11 May 2010.

Northern harrier.

But I do think twice about traipsing off-trail. It’s the tick thing—there’re two of us now collecting ’em. Also poison ivy. I’ve notice those tall, reddish, waxy, three-leaved buggers popping up at particular points in the trail the past week or so, and I don’t dare stop in those places for fear that Jack will start sniffing around and end up with itch-oil all over him.

Then again, I suppose if ticks and poison ivy are all I have to worry about, I don’t have a lot of worries.

Another chilly morning. About 40 degrees (F) to start the day. And a gusty breeze. But a blazingly bright sun in a pure blue sky can make up for cold and wind. Sort of. Still not a lot of black flies and mosquitos, though.

Despite the lack of flies, there was no dearth of warblers. I counted ten today: ovenbird, black-throated green, yellowthroat, parula, Nashville, chestnut-sided, yellow, prairie, black-throated blue, black-and-white. Missed good chances at photos of a Nashville, black-throated blue, and black-and-white; got distant but decent shots of ovenbird and yellowthroat.

We also came upon a harrier perched in a scrubby tree. This surprised all of us—well, except Jack, who missed the hawk somehow.

Common yellowthroat, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 11 May 2010.

Common yellowthroat.

Along with the poison ivy, berry bushes are growing rapidly along the wooded trails: raspberry, strawberry, blackberry—and high-bush blueberry. Which has me wondering why I haven’t yet seen a ruby-throated hummingbird. They love the high-bush blooms, and they’re blooming. Still no redstarts, either. I suspect the unseasonable chill has waylaid those two species.

Heard a raven in flight as we returned down the lower wooded trail. Ravens emit such a amazing range of croaks and purrs and gurgles and growls—any time I hear one I can’t help but stop and marvel at its voice. Jack even heard this one crossing unseen somewhere above the canopy.

Beech Hill List
At 7:30 a.m., I walked all trails.

1. American crow (voice)
2. Ovenbird
3. Black-throated green warbler (voice)
4. Black-capped chickadee
5. Common yellowthroat
6. Northern parula (voice)
7. Nashville warbler
8. Chestnut-sided warbler
9. Eastern towhee
10. Mourning dove
11. American goldfinch
12. Gray catbird (voice)
13. Herring gull (voice)
14. Northern harrier
15. Tree swallow
16. Eastern phoebe
17. Savannah sparrow
18. Song sparrow
19. White-throated sparrow (voice)
20. Yellow warbler (voice)
21. Blue jay (voice)
22. Prairie warbler (voice)
23. Black-throated blue warbler
24. Common raven (voice)
25. Blue-headed vireo
26. American robin (voice)
27. Black-and-white warbler
28. Northern cardinal (voice)


29. Tufted titmouse
30. Rock pigeon

Savannah sparrow, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 11 May 2010.

Savannah sparrow.

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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