6 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘yellow warbler’

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)

Elsewhere

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)

Elsewhere

28. European Starling
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Osprey

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

Alder Fly

Saturday, July 27th, 2019
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 July 2019.
Alder Flycatcher.

I love the little Alder Flycatcher. These are shy birds, but the nest along he field edges of the preserve, and I’ve grown accustomed to their various subtle vocalizations (beyond their typical “free beer!” song).

Descending today, I heard the familiar Pip! alert sound of theirs coming from some greenery very near the trail. Of course Jack and I stopped so I could take a peek. The bird must’ve had fledglings nearby—otherwise I’d never have gotten close enough for this photo with a sprig of fireweed.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. Gray Catbird**
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Song Sparrow**
12. Field Sparrow (v)
13. Yellow Warbler (v)
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe*
16. Eastern Bluebird
17. Osprey
18. American Robin
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Alder Flycatcher

Elsewhere

21. Wild Turkey
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Rock Pigeon
24. Mourning Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**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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