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A Birdy Morning

Friday, October 7th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 October 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

Overcast and chilly when dog and I headed up to the preserve. Ordinarily I’d take us to the main trail, where the open air would brighten things photographically—but I spied a scrap or two of blue, so decided on the wooded trailhead. It was the right decision. Not only did the sun emerge, but the morning got warm and humid in a hurry.

And a bunch of birds showed up.

Corvids, nuthatches, thrushes, finches, warblers, woodpeckers, sparrows. Many, many yellow-rumps (about 90, I figured) and a good-sized flock of robins. Surprised a woodcock (no photo, dangit). But the highlight was likely a solitary Blackpoll Warbler—first of year on the hill for me.

No photo of the blackpoll, but here’s a Hermit Thrush.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Brown Creeper
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Eastern Bluebird (v)
8. Blackpoll Warbler
9. Purple Finch
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. American Robin
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Hermit Thrush
15. American Woodcock
16. White-throated Sparrow
17. Gray Catbird
18. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
20. Savannah Sparrow
21. Osprey
22. Song Sparrow (v)
23. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Downy Woodpecker (v)
25. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)


26. Carolina Wren (v)
27. Herring Gull
28. Rock Pigeon


Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Gray Squirrel

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



Tuesday, May 31st, 2022
Prairie Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2022.
Prairie Warbler’s stickin’ around.

The Prairie Warbler persists. Several years ago, when I heard (then saw) my first Prairie Warbler at Beech Hill, it was above all a thrill. A “rare” sighting, a lovely singer, a pretty little jewel of a bird. Then a couple-three years later, I began to hear more of them singing during spring migration.

And then I moved to Utah. Not quite three years later, I’m back. And Prairie Warblers are, too.

Jack-my-dog and I began hiking the Beech Hill trails again on 01 May, and in the month since, I’ve heard and/or seen Prairie Warblers most days, I think. One in particular seems to have decided to take up residence. I suspect it’s yet another sign of the changing climate, the changing ranges of birds of various kinds.

On the one hand, it’s a delight to see and hear this cool bird regularly; on the other… What have we humans wrought?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:28 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Veery
8. Northern Cardinal* (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Gray Catbird*
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
13. American Redstart**
14. American Goldfinch** (v)
15. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
18. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Song Sparrow** (v)
22. Field Sparrow
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Prairie Warbler
25. Eastern Bluebird
26. Herring Gull*
27. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
28. Purple Finch
29. Chipping Sparrow**
30. American Robin*
31. Hermit Thrush (v)


32. Mallard
33. European Starling
34. Rock Pigeon

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


Foggy Day Photos

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


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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