2 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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New Towhee

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

On this morning’s short, sweet hike with dog, I followed the voice of a Yellow Warbler (without seeing the source), heard the voice of a Northern Parula (I’m sure of it, and they do occasionally migrate through this region), and spied my first ever Green-tailed Towhee.

A handsome bird, that green-tail is. Alas I got no photo. So here’s a pic of a regular ol’ Spotted Towhee—the one that chased away my lifer.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. California Quail (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Yellow Warbler† (v)
12. Northern Parula† (v)
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Green-tailed Towhee‡
15. Song Sparrow* (v)


16. Eurasian Collared Dove
17. European Starling
18. House Sparrow (v)
19. Rock Pigeon


Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

A Bird Flurry

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
Spotted towhee
Spotted Towhee.

Now that was a little spurt of migration.

The sky this morning was clear and cloudless; the temperature was 47 degrees (F), tops. Jack and I took our time, got to the trailhead at about 9 a.m. The sun had barely topped the peaks. And a slight wind blew from the northwest. It was on.

No bizarre vagrants or anything, but I did see my first Utah Yellow Warbler. And a bunch of other species were flitting through—chippies and chickadees and juncos. Spotted another kinglet. Also the usual suspects.

Was pretty exciting, though, to be hiking amid a flurry of birds.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Northern Flicker
4. American Robin*
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
6. House Finch*
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Chipping Sparrow
10. White-crowned Sparrow
11. Yellow Warbler
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)


13. Eurasian Collared Dove
14. House Sparrow (v)
15. Song Sparrow
16. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
17. California Quail

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Solitary Morning

Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 July 2019
Song Sparrow.

Cool, breezy, sunny, birdy. What a lovely morning—complete with familiar voices. Birds were all over the place (young and old), so I wasn’t hurting for photographs.

We had ourselves the run of the hill this morning, oddly. Where were all the early Sunday morning hikers I’m accustomed to seeing? It was weird.

But that left more birds to pay attention to. A couple of minor oddities: Red-winged Blackbird in flight, and the voice of a (migrating?) Ruby-crowned kinglet. Many, many juveniles.

Dewy blueberries, too.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Robin*
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Chipping Sparrow*
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
9. Ovenbird (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
15. Mourning Dove* (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
17. Northern Flicker (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow (v)
19. Herring Gull*
20. Common Raven (v)
21. American Goldfinch**
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Purple Finch (v)
25. Gray Catbird**
26. Northern Cardinal** (c)
27. Downy Woodpecker (v)


28. European Starling
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Osprey

v = Voice only
*Also elsehwere
**VOice only elsewhere

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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