29 May 2023

Posts Tagged ‘white-throated sparrow’

The Loud Ones

Thursday, May 18th, 2023
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 May 2023.

’Tis the season of the Ovenbird. This perky little terrestrial-nesting warbler—with his stylish orange mohawk—nests in a dutch-oven-style nest of leaves on the sun-dappled forest floor and declares its existence from a tree limb twenty or thirty feet above: Teacher, teacher, teacher, teacher, teacher!

They also chase each other with great speed, zipping between trunks, a frantic sort of demonstration of their territorial imperative. But mostly, these mid-May days, their voices echo loudly in the woodlands.

Otherwise notable this lovely (if nippy) morning: a first-of-hill Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Such a fun time of year.

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

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
4. Brown Creeper (v)
5. Song Sparrow
6. American Goldfinch
7. Black-and-white Warbler**
8. Gray Catbird
9. Red-bellied Woodpecker** (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. Wood Thrush (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
17. Nashville Warbler (v)
18. Common Yellowthroat (v)
19. American Crow*
20. Black-throated Blue Warbler
21. Yellow-rumped Warbler
22. White-throated Sparrow
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Yellow Warbler (v)
25. Mourning Dove* (v)
26. American Redstart (v)
27. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
28. Chipping Sparrow
29. American Robin*
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Northern Parula* (v)
32. Eastern Phoebe**
33. Savannah Sparrow
34. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Tufted Titmouse (v)


36. Herring Gull

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


Spring, Cont’d.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler (preening), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler (preening).

Another lovely spring day, but cooler, and with a lot of sunshine. Thought I’d have lot fewer species on my list this morning than I ended up with—a nice mix. First-of-year bird (which I didn’t confirm until I downloaded a blurry photo of it): Magnolia Warbler.

The few showers forecast for last night left no trace (if in fact they fell). The trails were drier than they’ve been for many weeks, seemed like. Territorial Ovenbirds were chasing each other though the woods. And had another random junco.

Now we wait for flycatchers, wood-pewee, and several other late nesters. Fun time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:20 a.m. sun time (7:20 DST), I hiked all trails.

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


35. Wild Turkey
36. Pine Warbler (v)


Red-bellied Snake

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


Riotous Song

Sunday, May 14th, 2023
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2023.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male).

A lot cooler today than yesterday, and a bit blusterier. But also mostly blue above, and the leaves have started to obscure the canopy. And birdsong was everywhere this morning as dog and I headed up the hill.

First-of-year bird? A loudly singing Wood Thrush. Most notable sighting? Possibly the pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks hanging out in the leafy trees about half way up. (Saw a third below.) In fact, as I was watching the female, she suddenly took off, and a Cooper’s Hawk came zipping by—an unsuccessful chase, I’m pretty sure.

Spied another tanager today. Three geese flew over. Many, many warblers.

Yet again, I anticipate another fun walk tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:05 a.m. sun time (7:05 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
3. American Goldfinch** (v)
4. Wood Thrush† (v)
5. Black-and-white Warbler
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Northern Parula
11. Veery
12. Mourning Dove**
13. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
14. Cooper’s Hawk
15. Herring Gull*
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
18. American Crow*
19. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
20. Canada Goose
21. Scarlet Tanager
22. Nashville Warbler
23. White-throated Sparrow
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. American Redstart
26. Chipping Sparrow
27. Song Sparrow
28. Field Sparrow (v)
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Purple Finch (v)
31. Yellow Warbler (v)
32. Hermit Thrush (v)
33. Pine Warbler** (v)
34. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
35. Eastern Phoebe


36. White-breasted Nuthatch (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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