30 May 2023

Posts Tagged ‘white-breasted nuthatch’

Nice Surprises

Saturday, May 27th, 2023
Least Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 May 2023.
Least Flycatcher.

What a lovely morning. Cool to start, warm to end—nearly 70° (F). The birds were a bit quieter than lately, perhaps due to that warmth. And/or the possibility of fledglings. And/or other reasons. But it was a real fun hike with dog.

Notably, I got a photo of a Least Flycatcher finally. Love those little guys.

A similar day is forecast for tomorrow. Looking forward to a nice surprise or two. (There are nearly always nice surprises.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:18 p.m. sun time (7:18 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo
3. Ovenbird**
4. American Redstart*
5. Blue Jay
6. Brown Creeper (v)
7. Eastern Phoebe
8. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
9. Veery
10. American Crow*
11. American Goldfinch**
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Gray Catbird
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
15. Common Yellowthroat (v)
16. Black-and-white Warbler**
17. Field Sparrow
18. Alder Flycatcher (v)
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
21. Song Sparrow
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
24. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
25. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
26. Least Flycatcher
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
28. Brown-headed Cowbird
29. American Robin**
30. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
31. Wood Thrush (v)
32. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)


35. Mallard
35. Mourning Dove

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


Quick Hike

Friday, May 26th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 May 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler (female).

Again a chillier morning than the one before, but bright again, with less wind. My ol’ dog didn’t want to get out of the truck at first for some reason, but I finally coaxed him out and he had his usual fine time.

We didn’t end up hiking all trails today, but—as you might expect in late-May—those we did were hopping with birds. No firsts-of-year, but spied a few nice warblers and an osprey circling above the canopy. Enjoyed time again with our friend hikers, human and canine.

Tomorrow’s supposed to get into the 70s. Looking forward to finding out what’s up there.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. sun time (7:45 DST), I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Ovenbird**
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. American Redstart** (v)
7. Eastern Phoebe*
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
11. Brown Creeper (v)
12. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
13. American Goldfinch
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. Black-capped Chickadee**
16. Black-and-white Warbler
17. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
18. Eastern Towhee
19. Magnolia Warbler
20. Osprey
21. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
22. Gray Catbird (v)
23. Veery
24. Common Yellowthroat** (v)
25. Song Sparrow (v)
26. Field Sparrow (v)
27. American Crow (v)
28. Northern Flicker (v)
29. Least Flycatcher (v)
30. Chipping Sparrow
31. American Robin (v)
32. Common Loon (v)
33. Wood Thrush (v)
34. Northern Cardinal** (v)


35. Pine Warbler
35. Mourning Dove

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



Wednesday, May 24th, 2023
Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 May 2023.
Chipping Sparrow.

Cool and clear, as yesterday, but breezier this morning. Dog and I met up with dog and human friends for our hike, which was a fun thing. I might not have paid as close attention to the birds as usual, but I did end up with a lot of species on my list—and got a nice close photo of a Chipping Sparrow.

Chippies nest at the summit and down by Beech Hill Road. They’re one of a half-dozen sparrows I encounter regularly on the hill, but they don’t seem as bothered by humans as most. (Although Savannah Sparrows will come near once they’ve got an active nest.) They’re wee little birds, and I like ’em a lot.

Another noteworthy occurrence: I watched a catbird chase a red squirrel down from a tree trunk. Never seen that before. But every day I see things I’ve never seen before.

Rain overnight. We shall see how that changes things in the morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:18 p.m. sun time (7:18 DST), I hiked all trails.

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


32. Wild Turkey
33. Herring Gull
34. Pileated Woodpecker


American Red Squirrel

(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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