30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘wild turkey’

Fun in Fog

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022
Hermit Thrush fledgling, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2022.
Hermit Thrush fledgling.

Cool and overcast at the start of our hike, and humid, with very little wind. Thick fog and drippy at the summit of the hill, with low visibility. But never mind the weather—a lot going on out there.

For one thing, fledglings. I could hear them calling from their hiding places in the thick summer foliage. And I spied several adults with beaks crammed with food. I even spotted a few fledglings—Hermit Thrushes staying still, Hairy Woodpeckers begging from their mom.

Short-tailed Weasel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2022.
Short-tailed Weasel.

Another exceptional moment: a Short-tailed Weasel bounding along the trail toward dog and me, pulling up short, then dashing off into the shrubbery again. Returning, seeing us, dashing off. Returning a third time.

(Never saw it after the third time, but did manage to grab a quick photo.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Song Sparrow
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Ovenbird**
5. American Redstart**
6. Veery
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Northern Cardinal** (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Gray Catbird
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. American Goldfinch
13. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
14. American Crow* (v)
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Northern Flicker
17. American Woodcock
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Northern Parula (v)
22. House Wren (v)
23. American Robin (v)
24. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
25. Scarlet Tanager (v)
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Downy Woodpecker
28. Eastern Wood-pewee
29. Eastern Phoebe


30. Wild Turkey


Short-tailed Weasel

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


A Lovely Morn

Sunday, June 5th, 2022
Great Crested Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 June 2022.
Great Crested Flycatcher.

It was a lovely early morning hike with Jack-my-dog. We got up the hill early, under mostly sunny skies with a breeze that sent droplets down from new leaves damp with overnight rain. A raven greeted us at the trail head with loud, liquid croaking, and a nice variety of other birds appeared.

Had conversations with a few other early Sunday hikers, all of us digging the weather, the clean air, the views. If all days could be like this particular June day, I don’t think many would mind.

Rain forecast for late in the coming week, but tomorrow should be another fine one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Common Raven
4. Eastern Phoebe*
5. American Robin* (v)
6. Song Sparrow**
7. Common Yellowthroat**
8. Northern Cardinal (v)
9. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
10. Veery
11. American Goldfinch**
12. American Crow*
13. American Redstart** (v)
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Gray Catbird**
17. Alder Flycatcher (v)
18. Eastern Towhee
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)
20. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
21. Black-and-white Warbler
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Red-breasted Nuthatch
24. Field Sparrow (v)
25. Herring Gull*
26. Prairie Warbler
27. Turkey Vulture
28. House Wren
29. Great Crested Flycatcher
30. Least Flycatcher (v)
31. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
32. Purple Finch (v)
33. Tree Swallow
34. Hermit Thrush (v)
35. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)


36. Mallard
37. Wild Turkey

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



Monday, May 30th, 2022
Osprey courtship, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2022.
Osprey courtship.

This day—Memorial Day—was a warm one. Quite a few other people and dogs on the trails, soaking up the summerish smells and feels. And conversations.

Also birds. Many birds. Including a pair of Ospreys in a typical Osprey courtship display, involving fish carrying and a lot of screaming.

For being so warm, it was pretty cool.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:51 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe*
5. Northern Cardinal**
6. Veery (v)
7. Gray Catibrd (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Wood-pewee
11. American Redstart**
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler
13. Blue Jay
14. Ruffed Grouse (booming)
15. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Alder Flycatcher
18. Eastern Towhee (v)
19. American Crow*
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Herring Gull*
22. Northern Flicker (v)
23. Black-billed Cuckoo (v)
24. American Goldfinch
25. American Robin* (v)
26. Tree Swallow
27. Song Sparrow**
28. Field Sparrow
29. Savannah Sparrow (v)
30. Turkey Vulture
31. Prairie Warbler (v)
32. Red-breasted Nuthatch
33. Osprey
34. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
35. Hermit Thrush (v)
36. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)


37. Mallard
38. Wild Turkey


Eastern Chipmunk
Gray 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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