29 May 2023

Posts Tagged ‘warbling vireo’


Sunday, May 21st, 2023
Green Frog, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 May 2023.
Green Frog.
Eastern Newt eft, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 May 2023.
Eastern Newt eft.

About two inches of rain fell overnight, but sure enough—as forecast—it’d stopped by the time dog and I were ready to hike this morning. Temps in the 50s (F) to start, and foggy on the hill, but it was warmer (and clearer) by the time of our return.

In between times, I managed a list of 44 birds (including a first-of-year Warbling Vireo), but most noteworthy were a pair of trail amphibians.

On the main trail, near the summit, sat a Green Frog. Just sat there on the gravel, letting me take photos. Finally I got close enough that it decided to hop off into the wet grass. And down in the middle of the lower wooded trail, I happened to spy a tiny bright orange newt eft.

It’s been pretty dry, so I expect the fresh douse of water drew the amphibians out. Then again, what do I know.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:`16 p.m. sun time (7:16 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird** (v)
3. Wood Thrush (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe*
5. Veery (v)
6. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
7. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Northern Cardinal** (v)
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Eastern Towhee**
12. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
13. Blue Jay (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
16. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
17. American Woodcock
18. Field Sparrow
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Common Loon (v)
21. Chipping Sparrow
22. Song Sparrow**
23. American Robin**
24. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
25. Eastern Bluebird
26. Sharp-shinned Hawk
27. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
28. Hermit Thrush (v)
29. Red-winged Blackbird
30. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
31. Alder Flycatcher (v)
32. Brown-headed Cowbird
33. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
34. Scarlet Tanager (v)
35. American Redstart (v)
36. American Crow*
37. Mourning Dove** (v)
38. Wild Turkey
39. Downy Woodpecker
40. American Goldfinch (v)
41. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
42. Warbling Vireo
43. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
44. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
45. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)


46. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
47. Mallard


Green Frog
Eastern Newt (eft)

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



Friday, August 27th, 2021
Sage Thrasher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 August 2021.
Sage Thrasher.

Trouble operating my GoPro for the second straight day—this time, I managed to set it for “night lapse.” Sheesh. (Tomorrow I’ll do a careful equipment check.) Compared to yesterday, at least, it was a quiet morning, with not a lot of excitement, nor many photo opportunities.

Except toward the end, when I happened to spot a bird perched on some bare scrub-oak twigs. And for the second straight August day, I had a first-of-year species.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Eurasian Collared-dove
8. Spotted Towhee (v)
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Western Tanager
11. Warbling Vireo (v)
12. Accipiter (sp)
13. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
15. American Goldfinch
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. American Robin (v)
18. Sage Thrasher†


19. Black-billed Magpie
20. European Starling
21. American Crow
22. California Quail


Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird


Thursday, August 26th, 2021
Green-tailed Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 August 2021.
Green-tailed Towhee.

This morning’s hike with dog began quietly. The air was cool (if a bit smoggy), but very few birds to start, not much very exciting to look at—other than the familiarly magnificent landscape—and a few humans and dogs as distractions. I detected within me a feeling of disappointment, bordering on mild depression. Why? The quietness? The bad air? The fact that Jack didn’t deign to follow me up a particular side trail (a route he never questioned before)?

I decided to take a detour down below the trail, into the thickets where the deer hang out in the off season. That’s because I heard the little whine of a vireo (same as yesterday) and wanted to confirm. The good news: Jack didn’t question this detour at all. The bad news: within a few minutes, I turned to check on him, and my dog wasn’t there. Because he no longer hears well, and he’s taken to staying in one place when he loses sight of me, I panicked a little. Retraced my steps, didn’t see him, but I did see a bird in a tree—the vireo!

(Crazy that, although worried about losing my best friend of all time, a bird distracted me.)

American Kestrel, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 August 2021.
American Kestrel (banded).

Soon enough, we found each other. But still no great bird photos—until we began our return trip when, scanning for hummingbirds, I heard an unfamiliar mewling alarm note. Caught sight of the bird perched on a twig nearby, and recognized it right away as a Green-tailed Towhee. First of year. Moreover, this shy bird perched and preened and posed and let me take plenty of photos before flitting away.

Just after that, I heard the high bright call of a falcon and spied, on a snag up-slope from us, a kestrel. Second of the day, actually. I know this because the first bird didn’t have a blue leg band with the number 16 on it (which I only discovered when reviewing photos).

Finally, we surprised a big group of sparrows and finches and such coming around a bend. Added chippie, Brewer’s, and bunting to this morning’s list.

Ironically, it being such a dramatic turn—from feeling blue to feeling high excitement—I discovered when I got back to the truck that I’d forgotten to turn my GoPro on. (First time in many months.)

Oh, well. Didn’t detract from this fun, dramatic day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:09 a.m. (8:09 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. House Finch**
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
8. American Kestrel
9. Warbling Vireo (v)
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
12. Lesser Goldfinch
13. Green-tailed Towhee†
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Brewer’s Sparrow
16. Lazuli Bunting


17. California Quail
18. Black-billed Magpie


Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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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