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Parula

Friday, October 13th, 2023
Northern Parula, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 October 2023.
Northern Parula.

This morning’s hike was a c-c-cold one to start: mid-40s (F). her But the sky was mostly blue, and over time, the sun warmed things up, as it does. Not a huge number of bird species—but some really interesting ones. Heard the cry of a red-tail, for instance (and saw two flying in a southerly direction). Saw a pair of larks. Listened to another kinglet’s rollicking song.

Most fun, though, was discovering a Northern Parula amid a little flock of yellow-rumps along the wooded trail. One even stopped moving long enough for a photographic glimpse.

[Note on Bird Report: This might well be my last post for a while—possibly the last post. These daily missives take a while to create, and I’m finding I have a lot I want to do with my time these days. But never fear: I do intend still to hike around a lot with binoculars and camera, so there will be bird photos out there. But mostly likely they’ll be on Instagram: @brrrder.]

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:46 a.m. EST (8:46 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay**
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Northern Parula
5. White-throated Sparrow (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Hermit Thrush
8. American Crow*
9. Horned Lark
10. Red-tailed Hawk
11. Savannah Sparrow
12. Song Sparrow
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
15. Eastern Towhee *(v)

Elsewhere

16. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Corvids

Saturday, October 7th, 2023
Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 October 2023.
Common Raven.

Our ceiling on this morning’s hike was a gray overcast, and the air was damp and breezy. The forecast rain would not arrive until later in the day, though, so we’d keep comparatively dry, dog and I. And there was no shortage of bird species—including three corvids.

Of the three—crow, jay, and raven—the most notable was the solitary raven flying above us, accompanied by a single crow. (The crows were many and vocal, apparently gearing up for their annual October convention on the hill.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:19 a.m. EST (8:19 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Robin (v)
5. White-throated Sparrow (v)
6. American Goldfinch
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Song Sparrow
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. Common Raven
14. Gray Catbird (v)
15. Red-eyed Vireo

Elsewhere

16. Mallard
17. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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

†First-of-year

Even Foggier

Friday, October 6th, 2023
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 October 2023.
Hermit Thrush.

Thicker fog, cooler temps, drippier understory—that about describes the meteorological conditions as dog and I headed up the main Beech Hill trail. Honestly, so foggy I didn’t think I’d get close to any decent bird photos. If in fact we I caught sight of any birds.

Right away I caught sight of several species moving around in the dim, drippy trees. And eventually I managed several pretty decent pics.

Supposed to be rainy tomorrow. We shall see.

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

1. White-throated Sparrow**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay** (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. American Crow* (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Savannah Sparrow
14. Northern Flicker
15. Hermit Thrush
16. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

17. Herring Gull
18. European Starling

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

(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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