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Posts Tagged ‘wood thrush’


Sunday, July 30th, 2023
Song Sparrow on goldenrod, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2023.
Song Sparrow on goldenrod.

Last night’s soaking rain sure enough cooled things down a lot and got rid of the recent humidity. Jack had a much easier time of this morning’s hike—as, I suppose, did I.

But there were fewer flying insects. Perhaps that’s why things were so quiet, bird-wise. Fewer species on my list than in many weeks. But a couple of noteworthy ones: Wood Thrush, Herring Gull, Barn Swallow.

Also, in a chance meeting, I had a nice long chat with three long-time friends I hadn’t seen (or talked to) in a while. Kind of the day’s highlight.

Unless, of course, you count the handsome Eastern Coyote that showed up in the yard this early morning.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:56 a.m. EST (7:56 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Wood Thrush (v)
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Cedar Waxwing
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. American Crow*
11. Gray Catbird
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Herring Gull*
14. Song Sparrow*
15. Barn Swallow
16. American Robin*
17. Blue Jay (v)
18. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)


20. Mourning Dove
21. Osprey
22. House Sparrow
23. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
24. Laughing Gull
25. Rock Dove


Eastern Coyote


Garter Snake

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


Fallen Maple

Monday, July 10th, 2023
Fallen maple, Beech Hill Preserver, Rockport, Maine, 10 July 2023.
Fallen maple.

Within seconds after dog and I started up the wooded trail this morning, my world shifted. Up ahead of us I saw that the big mama maple tree near the trailhead, likely progenitor of the many other maples in the sugarbush there, had fallen across the trail. A huge tree she was, and handsome enough that I’ve taken dozens (scores?) of photos of her over the years, and there before us lay her fat trunk and thick leafy branches—some of them broken, some nearby trees scraped from nearby trees… What a surprise, what a shock, what a sound she must’ve made at the end.

Somehow, we wiggled through the obstacles and continued on a hike that was very different from usual—and will surely be a memorable one.

Birds were good—two vocal, chasing ravens among them—but they were not the most notable part of this day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:09 a.m. EST (8:09 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. American Goldfinch
3. Ovenbird** (v)
4. Wood Thrush (v)
5. Veery (v)
6. Blue Jay (v)
7. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Common Raven
11. Osprey (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Gray Catbird
15. Eastern Towhee
16. American Crow* (v)
17. Hermit Thrush (v)
18. Chestnut-sided Warbler
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Yellow Warbler (v)
25. American Robin (v)
26. Northern Flicker
27. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
28. Tufted Titmouse (v)
29. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
30. Eastern Bluebird (v)
31. Cedar Waxwing (v)
32. Eastern Phoebe
33. Black-and-white Warbler**


34. Mallard
35. Mourning Dove
36. Herring Gull
37. House Finch
38. Swamp Sparrow† (v)
39. Red-winged Blackbird (v)

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


More Birds

Sunday, July 9th, 2023
A very young Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 July 2023.
Very young Common Yellowthroat.

The prognosticators were right: fog this morning. Not real warm, but warm enough to feel the impressive humidity of the air. And the birds—many more birds than just a couple months ago—didn’t seem to mind.

Many more birds because of reproduction, of course. And still the mission of keeping all those fledglings safe and healthy is in the misty air.

I often wonder just how many more birds are fluttering around at this time of year than there were at, say, the beginning of May. Twice as many? Three times as many? More?

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:49 a.m. EST (8:49 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
2. Northern Cardinal* (v)
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
6. Veery
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. American Goldfinch
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Song Sparrow
12. American Robin*
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe (v)
16. Chipping Sparrow (v)
17. House Finch
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Field Sparrow
20. Prairie Warbler (v)
21. American Crow* (v)
22. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
23. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
25. Hermit Thrush (v)
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
28. Downy Woodpecker
29. Wood Thrush (v)
30. Mourning Dove (v)
31. Blue Jay (v)
32. Northern Flicker
33. Tufted Titmouse (v)
34. Cedar Waxwing
35. Savannah Sparrow
36. Eastern Bluebird
37. Merlin†
38. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)


39. Mallard

(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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