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Posts Tagged ‘wood thrush’

Muggy, Yet Fine

Sunday, August 21st, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 August 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

Cool early as dog and I hit the shady trailhead, but warm in a hurry as the sun rose on a humid day. Birds still flitting about, readying for their inevitable travels. Nice selection of species.

Notable: Chimney Swifts, and a Least Flycatcher enjoying the summit fly hatch (along with waxwings). A random Wood Thrush down in the woodlands. Distant gulls. A random Cooper’s Hawk (I believe the first I’ve seen since our return to Maine).

Especially happy to have had a Savannah Sparrow—my favorite sparrow, as certainly I’ve mentioned before—perch and pose for me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:33 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Northern Flicker (v)
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Herring Gull* (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Wood Thrush
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Northern Cardinal (v)
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch
13. Hermit Thrush
14. Downy Woodpecker
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Least Flycatcher
18. Chimney Swift
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Blue Jay** (v)
24. Cooper’s Hawk
25. Common Yellowthroat (v)


26. Mourning Dove

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


Balmy Morn

Thursday, July 21st, 2022
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 July 2022.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Another balmy, steamy morning hike. Not bad—had plenty of water, encountered plenty of bird species, had a nice chat with an old friend—but we were both a bit tuckered when we got back home, dog and I.

Among notable sightings: a woodcock near the summit, the voice of a raven, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Took a good bike ride this afternoon during a thunderstorm watch (possible heavy rain, quarter-sized hail, 70mph winds)—but none occurred. It being so dry here still, I was kinda rooting for the t-storms.

Looking forward to another hike tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:27 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. American Goldfinch
4. American Crow*
5. Common Raven (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Hermit Thrush
9. American Redstart (v)
10. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
11. Brown Creeper (v)
12. Wood Thrush (v)
13. American Robin*
14. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
15. Ovenbird (v)
16. Gray Catbird
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Alder Flycatcher (v)
19. Downy Woodpecker
20. American Woodcock
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Chestnut-sided warbler (v)
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Eastern Bluebird
26. Purple Finch
27. Red-breasted Nuthatch
28. Song Sparrow**
29. House Wren (v)
30. Field Sparrow
31. Chipping Sparrow (v)
32. Blue Jay
33. Tufted Titmouse (v)
34. Yellow-bellied sapsucker
35. Savannah Sparrow


36. Rock Pigeon
37. Northern Cardinal (v)
38. Eastern Phoebe
39. Rock Pigeon

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



Wednesday, July 20th, 2022
Red-eyed Vireo in the canopy, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 July 2022.
Red-eyed Vireo in the canopy.

Buncha birds this morning. Warm, muggy, quiet at first—but once we got up through the woods and emerged into the hazy sun, things got interesting.

In all, I listed 35 species and had a couple nice photos.

Notable: Broad-winged Hawk, Pine Warbler, and thirty three other spp. On account of this anthropogenic heat wave going on, on the other hand, just laying low in the shade is liable to wear you out, whether bird or dog or human.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:37 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. Wood Thrush (v)
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. Common Yellowthroat**
7. Eastern Towhee
8. American Crow*
9. American Goldfinch
10. Brown Creeper (v)
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
14. American Robin
15. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
16. Ovenbird (v)
17. Pine Warbler (v)
18. Veery (v)
19. Hermit Thrush (v)
20. Gray Catbird
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler
22. Cedar Waxwing
23. Alder Flycatcher (v)
24. Field Sparrow (v)
25. Yellow Warbler (v)
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Common Raven
28. Tree Swallow
29. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
30. Eastern Bluebird (v)
31. Song Sparrow**
32. Blue Jay (v)
33. Chipping Sparrow
34. Herring Gull*
35. Broad-winged Hawk (v)


36. Rock Pigeon
37. Northern Cardinal (v)
38. Eastern Phoebe

(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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