27 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘white-breasted nuthatch’

Yellow and Blue

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 25 May, 2022.
Yellow Warbler.

Still a cool spring morning, but with a warm sun and dappled sky. I was worried about Captain Jack (who had overnight intestinal issues)—but on the trail, he seemed the same good strong old dog as ever.

And despite the distraction about his health, I managed to beat the last couple days’ lists by a single bird.

Most memorable moment was perhaps a Yellow Warbler’s decision to sing from a high perch on a spruce at the summit—which made for a far clearer photo than I took of this same bird yesterday.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:37 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. Northern Cardinal** (v)
6. Veery (v)
7. Wood Thrush (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. American Redstart** (v)
11. American Goldfinch (v)
12. American Crow*
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Eastern Phoebe*
21. Blue Jay (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
23. Tree Swallow
24. Field Sparrow
25. Prairie Warbler
26. American Robin*
27. Eastern Bluebird
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Common Raven (v)
31. Purple Finch
32. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
33. Brown Creeper
34. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Downy Woodpecker (v)


36. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)

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


A Warm One

Saturday, May 14th, 2022
Black-and-white Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2022.
Black-and-white Warbler (female).

It was pretty warm already when Captain Jack and I hit the lower wooded trail this morning, earlier than the past few. Mid- to upper-60s to start (and mid- to upper-70s when we got done). So it was a bit slow for Jack, with his thick coat and all.

But we made it OK—and my list happened to end up with a bodacious number of bird species.

Three of which were firsts-of-year, none of which I saw—but their voices gave ’em away (Wood Thrush, Least Flycatcher, and Scarlet Tanager). Maybe tomorrow I’ll get a photo of one or the other.

Mid-may is a wondrous time of year for a bird nerd.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:17 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Black-and-white Warbler**
5. Northern Parula (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. American Crow*
8. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
9. American Goldfinch** (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe*
11. Red-winged Blackbird
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Northern Cardinal**
15. Northern Flicker
16. American Robin (v)
17. Least Flycatcher (v)
18. Wood Thrush (v)
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Gray Catbird
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
24. Yellow warbler (v)
25. Song Sparrow**
26. White-throated Sparrow (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Eastern Bluebird
29. Field Sparrow
30. Nashville Warbler (v)
31. Chipping Sparrow**
32. Savannah Sparrow (v)
33. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
34. Scarlet Tanager (v)
35. Turkey Vulture*
36. Downy Woodpecker (v)


37. Mallard
38. Herring Gull
39. Pine Warbler
40. Red-tailed Hawk

Gray Squirrel

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


Prairie Warbler

Friday, May 13th, 2022
Prairie Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 May 2022.
Prairie Warbler.

A foggy start to a sweet morning of birding. Dog and I got a bit later start, and things were quiet at first. But a lot of the fog burned away within the hour, and birds began to sing, and one of them was a Prairie Warbler.

I love Prairie Warblers. I first heard—then saw—one near Beech Hill Road several years ago. Their song is amazing, a buzzy collection of rising notes.

Heard this one pretty far down in the barrens, and figured I wouldn’t manage a peek, but the bird kept flitting off quite a distance and singing from another tree. Remarkably, as we began to descend toward Beech hill Road, I heard the bird singing quite close—and spied it atop a trail-side birch. Got a couple photos and a video.

It’s mornings like this that give credence to my mantra: “Birding improves your life.”

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler**
3. Black-and-white Warbler**
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
6. American Goldfinch**
7. American Crow*
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Blue Jay** (v)
12. Gray Catbird
13. Yellow Warbler
14. Common Yellowthroat (v)
15. White-throated Sparrow (v)
16. Song Sparrow *
17. Tree Swallow
18. Eastern Phoebe*
19. Eastern Bluebird
20. Northern Cardinal* (v)
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Prairie Warbler†
24. Common Yellowthroat
25. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
26. Nashville Warbler (v)
27. Blue-headed Vireo
28. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
29. White-breasted Nuthatch
30. Wild Turkey* (v)
31. Northern Parula** (v)
32. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
33. American Robin


34. Mallard
35. Common Grackle
36. Herring Gull
37. Pine Warbler

(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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