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Minimalist birding

Friday, August 31st, 2012
Eastern phoebe, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 31 August 2012.

Eastern phoebe.

Another day of slight sounds and subtle movements. Today dawned overcast, and a little thundershower blew through, but it had dried up just in time for my daily hike with dog. The sun had even emerged, and a little breeze had kicked up. Here’s the rundown:

After a few minutes, I heard chickadees.

After a few more, I heard a catbird mew—then spotted the bird well hidden in a tangle of brambles.

Nothing else until we got to the upper fields, when we paused so I could check the productive little thicket. Heard a flutter of wings, the looked up to see a tail-wagging phoebe perched on a bare twig not a dozen feet away. Nice.

Coming up the final stretch before the summit, I heard another flutter and somehow managed to catch sight of a male yellowthroat poking about deep in a shady bush.

Returning down that same stretch, I heard exactly four notes from a goldfinch flying away.

Entering the lower woods, I saw something flitting through the understory and got a look at a hermit thrush perched in the dim shadows.

Heard two or three distant calls of a flicker.

Heard three or four wood-pewees.

Heard a faraway crow.

As we passed through the last of the deep woods, I heard more chickadees and stopped to look for them high in the canopy. Not only did I spot the chickadees but also a pair of nuthatches poking about up there.

Entering the overgrown curve before the little woodland pool, I heard—then saw—a young cedar waxwing levitra prix.

Frankly, that was way more birds than I imagined I’d see up there today.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:45 p.m., I hiked the wooded trails.

1. Black-capped chickadee
2. Gray catbird
3. Eastern phoebe
4. Common yellowthroat
5. American goldfinch (v)
6. Hermit thrush
7. Northern flicker (v)
8. Eastern wood-pewee (v)
9. American crow* (v)
10. White-breasted nuthatch
11. Cedar waxwing


12. Herring gull
13. Mourning dove

v = Voice only
* Also elsewhere

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