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Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Veery, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 June 2019.

I’m not sure I mention often enough how much I appreciate Veeries. These little burnt-orange-backed thrushes arrive a little late, but arrive they do, to deliver their familiar Veeyur! alarm notes and their cascading fountains of song.

They also seem more friendly than the other woodland thrushes, tending to stick to the trails, hopping along in front of dog and me just around the next curve.

I love all thrushes, of course, have learned their songs and clucks and other sounds. Veeries, though, are highly underrated.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Common Yellowthroat**
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler*
5. Ovenbird**
6. American Goldfinch*
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Veery**
9. Gray Catbird
10. Eastern Wood-pewee
11. Blue Jay**
12. Tufted Titmouse
13. Hermit Thrush
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
16. Northern Cardinal** (v)
17. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
18. Alder Flycatcher
19. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
20. American Crow*
21. Yellow Warbler
22. Tree Swallow
23. Field Sparrow
24. Mourning Dove*
25. Song Sparrow**
26. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
27. Nashville Warbler (v)
28. Eastern Phoebe*
29. Red-tailed Hawk
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. American Robin*
32. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
33. Cedar Waxwing (v)
34. Pileated Woodpecker
35. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
36. Scarlet Tanager (v)
37. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
38. Wood Thrush (v)
39. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
40. Least Flycatcher (v)


41. House Finch
42. House Sparrow
43. Herring Gull
44. Brown-headed Cowbird
45. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Saturday, June 1st, 2019
Eastern Wood-pewee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 June 2019.
Eastern Wood-pewee.

I love wood-pewees. They might be plain little birds—inconspicuous forest flycatchers that perch about half-way up the understory, ready to flit from their snag to nab a mosquito or other winged insect—but they have, to me anyway, an irresistible song.

Four long, whistled phrases, separated by lingering pauses. The first three are identical, ending in an quizzical upward inflection. The fourth ends a downward slide: “It is what it is.” The whole series takes the better part of a minute to complete.

The song of a pewee is a poignant, plaintive thing. It makes me feel nostalgic for long-ago seasons past.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. Common Yellowthroat
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Ovenbird** (v)
6. Gray Catbird**
7. American Redstart* (v)
8. Northern Parula* (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Eastern Wood-pewee*
11. Blue Jay (v)
12. Eastern Towhee**
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. Yellow Warbler*
15. American Crow*
16. Veery (v)
17. Wood Thrush (v)
18. Scarlet Tanager* (v)
19. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
20. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. Song Sparrow
23. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
24. Tree Swallow
25. Common Raven
26. Eastern Phoebe*
27. Tufted Titmouse (v)
28. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
29. Nashville Warbler
30. American Robin* (v)
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
33. Least Flycatcher (v)
34. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
35. Northern Cardinal* (v)


36. House Finch
37. Mourning Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Thanks, Nature

Friday, May 31st, 2019
Wilson’s Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2019.
Wilson’s Warbler.

Thick fog early. Again I didn’t expect much in the way of bird activity—or photos. Again I was wrong.

In fact, I had a first-of-year Blackpoll Warbler. Heard the voice of a Wilson’s Warbler for the first time (at least the first time I can remember). At home, I heard/spied a Tennessee Warbler—first in years.

Just an all around great birding day. Thanks, Nature.

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

1. American Robin (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Gray Catbird**
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
5. Veery**
6. Scarlet Tanager (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
9. Black-and-white Warbler
10. Common Yellowthroat**
11. Blackpoll Warbler†
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Red-eyed Vireo**
14. Tufted Titmouse* (v)
15. American Redstart
16. American Goldfinch (v)
17. American Crow*
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Field Sparrow
20. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
21. Least Flycatcher
22. Song Sparrow** (v)
23. Common Raven
24. Wilson’s Warbler
25. Chipping Sparrow*
26. Alder Flycatcher (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Northern Parula (v)
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Wood Thrush (v)
31. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
32. Blue Jay (v)
33. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
34. Northern Cardinal* (v)
35. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
36. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
37. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)


38. House Finch
39. Tennessee Warbler†
39. House Sparrow (v)
40. Osprey
41. Mallard
42. Herring Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year bird

Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson

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