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Onward, thru the Fog!

Thursday, October 5th, 2023
White-crowned Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 October 2023.
White-crowned Sparrow.

Today dawned foggy. Very, very foggy. When dog and I started up the trailhead, it felt like we were wandering around in a cloud. Foggy, wet, calm—and yet surprisingly birdy for such conditions. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers still, along with bunches of chickadees in the woods.

Most notable was a solitary White-crowned Sparrow that had been chasing after a yellow-rump when it decided to stop and check the trail for seeds. I only see white-crowns at just about this time of year.


Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:58 a.m. EST (8:58 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. White-throated Sparrow (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. White-crowned Sparrow†
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Gray Catbird (v)
8. American Robin (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Blue Jay** (v)


13. Northern Cardinal (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. Wild Turkey
16. Herring Gull
17. Rock Pigeon
18. Canada Goose (v)


Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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


Fog & Sparrows

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022
Swamp Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2022.
Swamp Sparrow.

Thicker fog this morning than yesterday. Rained overnight but let up at dawn, as forecast, just in time for a nice damp hike for dog and me. Didn’t expect a lot of bird action—certainly no decent photos in such dim light—but was surprised to find both.

Mostly photos of sparrows: Savannah, song, white-crowned, white-throated, swamp—and a passel of juncos. Sparrows lining the trail in the grass and in small trees, leading us up and down the hill.

I shall fondly remember this fine, wet day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:24 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. American Robin
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Song Sparrow
6. Northern Flicker
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Brown Creeper (v)
11. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
12. Savannah Sparrow
13. Swamp Sparrow
14. White-crowned Sparrow
15. Wild Turkey*


16. Herring Gull

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


Muggy Morn

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

Rained a bit more overnight, but only fog dimmed the rising dawn. Wetness all about (which I appreciate), and a few birds along the roadsides.

Hiked the hill with my old pal Scott, engaged in conversation. Still spied quite a few birds, despite the fog and dimness. Sparrows, mostly, but also a kinglet, nuthatches, and a random gull flyby. Still yellow-rumps about, too. A mere thirty or so this morning.

Supposed to rain tomorrow. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:01 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4. White-throated Sparrow
5. Song Sparrow
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. White-crowned Sparrow
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Herring Gull
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker


14. Northern Cardinal (v)

(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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