17 January 2021


Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Bobolink, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 July 2013.


Ah, sunshine. It had been a while.

Warmed up, too. Took a nice, sweaty bike ride, then headed up to Beech Hill with Jack.

American redstart, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 July 2013.

American redstart.

Lots of birds. Not only the usual resident species, but a couple interesting, somewhat less common ones. Like the broad-winged hawk calling down in the lower woods; like the usually quiet nuthatch; like the usually shy flicker; like the bobolink. Had not seen a bobolink up there in a couple-three years, I bet. Then, as I talked with a couple of tourists at Beech Nut, pointing out the Savannah sparrow perched on the rock porch wall, a pair of bobolinks landed about thirty or forty yards beyond the sparrow. The male perched in a small clump of greenery and began to sing.

Earlier, incidentally, while out cycling, I spotted another broad-winged hawk as it sailed slowly over Route 1. It looked like it was carrying something like a chipmunk or a turkey chick.

I guess it’s that eat or be eaten time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed vireo**
2. Black-throated green warbler (v)
3. Ovenbird**
4. Eastern phoebe**
5. Chestnut-sided warbler**
6. Gray catbird**
7. Veery (v)
8. Common yellowthroat**
9. Eastern wood-pewee (v)
10. Black-capped chickadee (v)
11. Tufted titmouse** (v)
12. American goldfinch** (v)
13. Scarlet tanager (v)
14. Hermit thrush (v)
15. Northern flicker
16. American robin**
17. Broad-winged hawk* (v)
18. Eastern towhee
19. Field sparrow (v)
20. Alder flycatcher
21. Savannah sparrow
22. American crow* (v)
23. Yellow warbler** (v)
24. Song sparrow**
25. Mourning dove*
26. American redstart**
27. White-breasted nuthatch (v)
28. Chipping sparrow (v)
29. Black-and-white warbler (v)
30. Cedar waxwing**
31. Herring gull*
32. Bobolink‡
33. Great crested flycatcher (v)


34. Rock pigeon
35. Laughing gull (v)

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


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