25 May 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Snakes and a Catbird

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Gray Catbird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 September 2017.

Gray Catbird (juvie)

For the past couple days I’ve seen a good-sized Smooth Green Snake on the same sunny stretch of trail. The first day, I had just said out loud to my dog that we might want to be on the look-out for snakes (I’d seen a couple garter snakes there before), but I guess I wasn’t really ready, because  I couldn’t focus my camera on it before it slipped away into the grass.

The second day, I said to my dog that we should really be looking for snakes right about there—and I didn’t even see the green snake in the sun before we were just about on top of it. It slipped away again. Same snake probably.

Here’s a photo of a young catbird.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Crow*
3. American Redstart
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. American Goldfinch
6. Eastern Towhee (v)
7. Merlin
8. Savannah Sparrow
9. Song Sparrow
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Gray Catbird
14. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
15. White-throated Sparrow (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat (v)
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven (v)
19. Blue Jay (v)
20. Tufted Titmouse (v)


21. Mourning Dove
22. Herring Gull
23. Rock Pigeon
24. Downy Woodpecker (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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