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F-f-fog?

Friday, June 30th, 2023
White-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2023.
White-breasted Nuthatch.

Another foggy morning. How many is that in a row for dog and me? Five? Seven? Eight? And each morning’s atmosphere seems thicker than the last.

However, I’ve managed, somehow, to keep a decent species list all those days. And get a few bird photos. Most noteworthy today was the sound, in the foggy woodland, of a Pine Warbler. Also a pair of nuthatch species for a change. And the Northern Parula’s still hanging around down by the road.

So unhappy about the spread of beech leaf disease on Beech Hill, meanwhile. This blight came on suddenly and things don’t look good. But Nature’s always changing things, so who knows.

More fog tomorrow? Who knows?

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:15 a.m. EST (8:15 DST), I hiked all trails.

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

Elsewhere

34. Mallard
35. Osprey (v)
36. European Starling

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

The Fog

Thursday, June 29th, 2023
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 June 2023.
Ovenbird.

Another foggy morning, the longest streak I can remember. But another surprisingly rich array of bird species. Plus, a few posers—including an alarmist Ovenbird.

I hear the sun might come out for a bit in the morning. We shall see!

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:52 a.m. EST (8:52 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo**
3. Ovenbird**
4. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch
6. Eastern Towhee**
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)
10. Song Sparrow*
11. Chipping Sparrow
12. American Robin*
13. Yellow Warbler (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. Eastern Bluebird
17. Gray Catbird**
18. Northern Flicker
19. Prairie Warbler (v)
20. American Goldfinch
21. American Crow* (v)
22. Alder Flycatcher (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Eastern Phoebe
25. American Redstart (v)
26. Veery
27. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
28. Cedar Waxwing (v)
29. Mourning Dove*
30. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)

Elsewhere

31. Mallard
32. Northern Cardinal

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

A Foggy World

Wednesday, June 28th, 2023
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 June 2023.
Hermit Thrush.

Another foggy morn for dog and me—thick fog, moisture-laden air, a soggy water world. I don’t mind the fog, even have come to take it as a challenge to manage to take a decent photograph.

Today’s was a cooperative Hermit Thrush, whining its alarm call on a branch in the woods just in front of us.

I loved this foggy day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:28 a.m. EST (7:28 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Cardinal (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Mourning Dove (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. American Crow*
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Eastern Towhee**
11. Chestnut-sided Warbler
12. Alder Flycatcher (v)
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Song Sparrow**
15. Yellow Warbler
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Common Yellowthroat (v)
18. Scarlet Tanager (v)
19. Eastern Bluebird
20. Veery** (v)
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. Tufted Titmouse (v)
23. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
24. Northern Flicker (v)
25. American Robin*
26. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
27. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
28. Hermit Thrush
29. Savannah Sparrow (v)
30. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
31. Chipping Sparrow (v)
32. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
33. American Redstart (v)

Elsewhere

34. Mallard
35. Herring Gull

Amphibians

American Toad

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

†First-of-year

 
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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