24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘winter wren’


Saturday, May 6th, 2023
Osprey (with fish), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 May 2023.
Osprey (with fish).

White-throated Sparrows arrived en masse this morning. First sightings on the hill this year (several), and a few at home. Other species beginning to pass through also—Ovenbird, Blue-headed Vireo—and new migrants galore.

The day began fairly warm and ended up in the mid-70s (F). The air smelled pure and clean and fresh.

Lots of insects (good news for warblers). No deer ticks yet, either. Lovely.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5:40 a.m. real time (6:40 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Purple Finch** (v)
2. Winter Wren (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Blue-headed Vireo
6. American Goldfinch
7. Eastern Towhee**
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. American Crow*
12. Eastern Phoebe*
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. White-breasted Nuthatch**
15. Canada Goose (v)
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch
17. Northern Cardinal** (v)
18. American Robin**
19. Hermit Thrush (v)
20. Wild Turkey* (v)
21. Yellow-rumped Warbler
22. Gray Catbird (v)
23. Chipping Sparrow
24. Mourning Dove*
25. White-throated Sparrow
26. Song Sparrow*
27. Field Sparrow (v)
28. Tree Swallow
29. Savannah Sparrow (v)
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Brown Creeper (v)
32. Broad-winged Hawk
33. Osprey
34. Herring Gull* (v)


35. Pine Warbler (v)
36. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
37. Mallard


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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



Friday, May 5th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 May 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler.

The weather hasn’t been friendly for spring migration—winds from the north and northwest, rain and chill unconducive to flies and insects, etc. But today the sun emerged for the first time in a good while, and a few birds managed to begin moving through our hiking patch, dog and me.

Notable on this sunny morn was a first-of-year Ovenbird (ID’d only after I’d listened to my GoPro footage) and first-blooming Trout Lilies.

The winds won’t be overly friendly for the next few (several?) days, but it won’t be long before a rush of new migrants arrive. I’ll be leading a bird walk at Beech Hill in a few days, and my hope is things will be hoppin’ by then. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:28 a.m. real time (7:28 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Purple Finch** (v)
3. Ovenbird† (v)
4. American Robin**
5.Winter Wren (v)
6. Hermit Thrush (v)
7. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
8. Herring Gull*
9. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. American Crow*
12. American Goldfinch
13. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
14. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Black-and-white Warbler
16. Ruffed Grouse
17. Hairy Woodpecker
18. Eastern Phoebe*
19. Brown Creeper
20. Wild Turkey (v)
21. Yellow-rumped Warbler
22. Chipping Sparrow (v)
23. Turkey Vulture*
24. Song Sparrow** (v)
25. Field Sparrow (v)
26. Northern Cardinal** (v)
27. Blue Jay (v)
28. Downy Woodpecker
29. Eastern Bluebird
30. Savannah Sparrow (v)
31. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
32. Gray Catbird (v)


33. Pine Warbler (v)
34. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)

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


Spring’s Trigger

Thursday, May 4th, 2023
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 May 2023.
Brown Creeper.

Another gray, chilly, wet, muddy hike with dog. More species than yesterday (although no first-of-year birds), and more greening things and other signs of impending spring. For instance, Trout Lily buds are just waiting for a glimpse of sunshine to quickly blossom.

I wonder what the trigger is? Likely a combination of time of year, weather conditions, and chance. Whatever the case, this trigger is about to get pulled—I can just tell.

Tomorrow should be drier, with a little flash of sun.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:41 a.m. real time (7:41 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Northern Cardinal**
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Chipping Sparrow
6. Downy Woodpecker (v)
7. Purple Finch (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. American Robin (v)
10. Tufted Titmouse
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. American Goldfinch
13. American Crow*
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Savannah Sparrow (v)
17. Gray Catbird (v)
18. Eastern Phoebe
19. Winter Wren (v)
20. Herring Gull*
21. Pileated Woodpecker (drumming)
22. Brown Creeper
23. Eastern Bluebird
24. Osprey


25. Mourning Dove
26. Turkey Vulture
27. Rock Pigeon

(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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