18 May 2024

Posts Tagged ‘yellow-bellied sapsucker’


Monday, August 7th, 2023
Tree Swallows (and one Barn Swallow), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 August 2023.
Tree Swallows (and one Barn Swallow).

The day began with a hazy sun and an overcast on the way. A different day from yesterday, in part on account of a fly hatch. At the tips of the summit spruce grove, flies attracted many (mostly young) Tree Swallows—and one Barn Swallow tagged along.

Farther down the hill, a similar hatch lured a big flock of waxwings to the tops of some small trailside hardwoods. The birds were in waxwing heaven.

Tomorrow the rain will come. Dog and I will get wet for sure. Don’t mind.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:01 a.m. EST (8:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. American Goldfinch
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Brown Creeper (v)
9. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. Gray Catbird
12. Tree Swallow
13. Barn Swallow
14. American Robin*
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. American Crow*
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Chipping Sparrow
20. Purple Finch
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. Black-and-white Warbler (v)


26. Northern Cardinal (v)
27. Herring Gull
28. Wild Turkey
29. Mourning Dove
30. Rock Pigeon

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


Summery Morn

Wednesday, July 26th, 2023
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 July 2023.
Yellow Warbler.

A surprise period of rain overnight left the trails damp this morning—which was not necessarily a bad thing, as the sun shone on dog and me as we started up the morning trail. Hiking conditions were warm and humid, and the our hike turned out to be pretty quiet, bird-wise.

But several did pose for photos, including a handsome Yellow Warbler in a birch tree.

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. Blue Jay (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Eastern Towhee
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
12. Ovenbird (v)
13. Gray Catbird*
14. American Robin*
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Song Sparrow**
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Mourning Dove*
20. Yellow Warbler
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Northern Flicker (v)
23. Eastern Bluebird (v)
24. Hermit Thrush (v)
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Northern Cardinal** (v)


27. Herring Gull
28. House Sparrow (v)

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



Tuesday, July 18th, 2023
Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 July 2023.
Chipping Sparrow.

A hazy sun was rising when dog and I arrived at the wooded trailhead this morning. I’d seen where the smoke from big wildfires in Canada might waft this way, and I’m pretty sure that’s the source of some of the haze that turned the sun orange. A very faint smell of smoke, perhaps (but nowhere near as strong as the smell of those western fires while we were in Utah).

Birds were about, though—many of them. Notable was a solitary hummingbird, a calling sapsucker, and a posing Chipping Sparrow. The chippy got me thinking about how thankful I am for the various sparrows I see nearly every day (my favorite being the Savannah Sparrow—don’t tell the others.

First-of-year goldenrod today, and fresh red sumac drupes. Less rain in the forecast, and warm temps. Summer on the coast of Maine.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:30 a.m. EST (7:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Eastern Phoebe
3. Black-throated Green Warbler
4. Ovenbird
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. Veery
7. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
8. American Goldfinch
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Blue Jay
12. White-breasted Nuthatch
13. Brown Creeper
14. Hermit Thrush
15. American Crow
16. Gray Catbird
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Chestnut-sided Warbler
20. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
21. Song Sparrow
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Yellow Warbler
24. Field Sparrow
25. Tree Swallow
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Mourning Dove
28. Northern Cardinal
29. Cedar Waxwing
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. American Robin
32. Downy Woodpecker
33. Black-and-white Warbler
34. American Redstart
35. Hairy Woodpecker


36. Herring Gull


Eastern 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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