26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘white-throated sparrow’

FOYs

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
Portrait of Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 May 2022.
Portrait of Gray Catbird.
Tennessee Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 May 2022.
Tennessee Warbler.

A second straight windy morning greeted dog and me as we hit the trail—but even windier. Chilly air from the northwest was a-waggin’ the young, leafing-out hardwoods around and making it tough for birds to perch on high. Plus, listening was often a challenge.

Nonetheless, I somehow managed to tally up thirty species on today’s list—including three first-of-year birds.

FOYs are of course fun sightings for avid birders: the after many months away, the old familiar has returned. I’ve had FOY birds just about every day for a week, I bet. And I didn’t even realize I had three today until I viewed my photos, when what I thought was a Red-eyed-Vireo turned out to be a Tennessee Warbler.

Crow dive-bombing a raven, bluebirds taking over the tree swallow box, first-of-year wood-pewee delivering my favorite sound of summer.

Summer will be here before you know it.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:12 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Eastern Phoebe*
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. Ovenbird**
5. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee*
7. American Crow*
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Hairy Woodpecker
10. Northern Cardinal** (v)
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Gray Catbird
13. Magnolia Warbler†
14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Yellow Warbler (v)
17. Song Sparrow** (v)
18. Northern Parula (v)
19. Common Raven
20. Tree Swallow
21. American Robin (v)
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. White-throated Sparrow (v)
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Hermit Thrush (v)
27. Wild Turkey* (v)
28. Eastern Wood-pewee†
29. Tennessee Warbler †
30. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

31. Mallard
32. Herring Gull
33. Chipping Sparrow (v)

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

†First-of-year

Wind in the Trees

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

When Jack and I hit the trail, a lusty west wind was blowing the sweet smells of spring up and over the hill. Mid-May—the calendar days when the season explodes in ferns and flowers and greenery. And the birds do sing.

Another birdy one (including a crow haranguing a raven and first-of-year Red-eyed Vireo). The wind carrying birdsong all over the place. The birds themselves didn’t perch very high on the windy side, but still they sang. And on the leafy east side, the enchanting strains of a Hermit Thrush pervaded the understory.

Oh, and also: a loon flew over at one point, calling.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:57 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler**
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. American Robin
6. Blue Jay
7. American Crow*
8. Black-capped Chickadee*
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Northern Parula
11. Northern Cardinal** (v)
12. Gray Catbird
13. Black-and-white Warbler**
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Tufted Titmouse (v)
16. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
17. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Song Sparrow**
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. White-throated Sparrow (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow**
23. Tree Swallow
24. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
25. Common Loon
26. Common Raven
27. Nashville Warbler (v)
28. Hermit Thrush
29. Red-eyed Vireo†
30. Blue-headed Vireo

Elsewhere

30. Mallard
31. European Starling
32. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

Anticipation

Monday, May 16th, 2022
Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 May 2022.
Black-and-white Warbler.

A later hike with dog this morning. Foggier than yesterday. But surprisingly birdy, nonetheless.

Highlights were a couple of hummingbird sightings (first-of-year birds), as well as the hoots from the bottomlands of a Barred Owl (also first of year, I guess you could say).

Still several species that haven’t showed up yet. Anticipation.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Eastern Phoebe*
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler**
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Black-and-white Warbler
7. American Robin
8. Gray Catbird
9. Blue Jay
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. American Crow*
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird†
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. White-throated Sparrow
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Yellow Warbler (v)
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Tree Swallow
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. Nashville Warbler (v)
24. Yellow-rumped Warbler
25. Northern Parula
26. Barred Owl (v)
27. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
28. Wild Turkey
29. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

30. Mallard
31. European Starling
32. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

 
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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