24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘yellow-bellied sapsucker’


Thursday, July 13th, 2023
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 July 2023.
Yellow Warbler.

Another warm and humid morn, but not quite as warm or humid as yesterday. More like a nice, deep summer day on the coast of Maine—although, of course, it’s not yet quite deep summer. Still, dog and I enjoyed our familiar hike, and I listed a good number of bird species.

Nothing quite as “exotic” as yesterday’s woodcock, but a singing Yellow Warbler rather summed up the feel of this lovely day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:06 a.m. EST (8:06 DST), I hiked all trails.

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


33. Mallard
34. Herring Gull

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



Wednesday, July 12th, 2023
American Woodcock, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 July 2023.
American Woodcock.

A balmy morning on a day of warm sunshine, high humidity, and a top temperature in the low 80s (F). Brought extra water for Captain Jack, who panted a lot nevertheless.

Quite a few birds—but certainly fewer than had it not been so summery. Fewer individuals of fewer species. But along came one nice surprise: An American Woodcock that appeared on the trail in front of us actually stopped to pose for a photo.

I think that’s one of at most four or five woodcock pics I’ve ever taken—possibly even the best. Thanks, Mr. Timberdoodle!

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:17 a.m. EST (8:17 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Phoebe**
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. American Goldfinch
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
5. Veery (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. Ovenbird
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
9. American Crow* (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Song Sparrow
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. Yellow Warbler
15. American Robin*
16. Gray Catbird
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Cedar Waxwing
19. Northern Flicker (v)
20. Blue Jay** (v)
21. Hermit Thrush (v)
22. Eastern Wood-pewee
23. Brown Creeper (v)
24. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
25. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
26. Hairy Woodpecker
27. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
28. Chipping Sparrow (v)
29. American Woodcock


30. Mallard
31. Herring Gull
32. Rock Pigeon

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


Erickson Fields

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023
Black-throated Green Warbler (singing with its mouth full), Erickson Fields Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 June 2023.
Black-throated Green Warbler (singing with its mouth full).

This morning dawned sunny and pleasantly cool, mid- to upper-50s (F). The forecasters suggested it’d get warmer, which gave me the idea of hiking over the hill and down the trail to the Erickson Fields Preserve. So that’s what dog and I did.

Was a long hike—both time-wise and miles-wise—but well worth it. The Erickson Fields trail traverses quite a different habitat from Beech Hill’s hardwoods and barrens (old-growth spruce/pine and grasslands), which support a notably different array of wild birds. Had multiple Black-throated Blue Warblers, saw a bunch of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, even heard the very high-pitched song of a Blackburnian Warbler. And at the far end was a grassy field with Barn Swallows zipping around.

I’m astonished that I waited so long to take that lovely hike. We’ll be doing it again real soon, dog and I.

Beech Hill/Erickson Fields List
Starting at 6:09 a.m. EST (7:09 DST), I hiked all trails at both preserves.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Ovenbird**
3. Brown Creeper (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler **
7. Veery
8. American Goldfinch**
9. American Crow*
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Gray Catbird* (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker
14. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
15. Hermit Thrush (v)
16. American Robin*
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Common Yellowthroat (v)
19. Alder Flycatcher (v)
20. Osprey
21. Herring Gull*
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Field Sparrow
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. American Redstart
26. Eastern Phoebe*
27. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
28. Common Raven (v)
29. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
30. Chipping Sparrow
31. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
32. Northern Cardinal (v)
33. Scarlet Tanager (v)
34. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
35. Blue-headed Vireo
36. Least Flycatcher (v)
37. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
38. Black-throated Blue Warbler
39. Blue Jay (v)
40. Mourning Dove*
41. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
42. Barn Swallow
43. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
44. Blackburnian Warbler (v)
45. Northern Parula (v)
46. Black-capped Chickadee
47. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
48. Purple Finch (v)
49. Turkey Vulture

(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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