25 May 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

FOYs

Monday, April 8th, 2013
Northern harrier, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 08 April 2013.

Northern harrier.

Nothing like a lovely warm April day—up to 60 (F) or even above, sunny, breezy—to lure a few first-of-year birds up here to the 44th parallel. It all started early, when I awoke to the call of a FOY eastern phoebe. Could not resist a long bicycle ride, during which I saw or heard a dozen birds, at least. On my return home, I caught sight of a pair of FOY tree swallows. And on my long Beech Hill hike with Jack, I got a pair of FOY harriers and overflying FOY redwings.

The summit, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 08 April 2013.

The summit.

Warmest day of the year so far, I’m pretty sure. Also the most bird species of the year—maybe. Topped off by a tiny golden-crowned kinglet I saw high in the crown of a hardwood down the lower wooded Beech Hill trail at nearly 7 p.m.

Now I’m gonna step out and see if any woodcocks are sky-dancing.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American crow*
2. American robin*
3. Wild turkey (v)
4. White-throated sparrow
5. Northern harrier†
6. Song sparrow*
7. Black-capped chickadee**
8. Turkey vulture*
9. Tufted titmouse** (v)
10. Barred owl (v)
11. Red-winged blackbird†
12. Canada goose* (v)
13. White-breasted nuthatch (v)
14. Golden-crowned kinglet

Elsewhere

15. Eastern phoebe† (v)
16. House finch (v)
17. Northern cardinal (v)
18. Herring gull
19. Rock pigeon
20. American goldfinch (v)
21. Tree swallow†

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

One Response to “FOYs”

  1. […] photograph by Brian Willson […]

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

 
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



3IP Logo
©1997–2020 by 3IP