28 February 2024

Turning seasons

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Yellow-rumped warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2013.

Yellow-rumped warbler.

Overcast today and kind of cool. A bit of a blustery wind. Families of chickadees and red-eyed vireos are flitting about the trees out back. Crows hollering all over the place. I didn’t ride my bicycle for the second straight day.

Apples, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2013.


But I did hike Beech Hill with Jack.

Quiet up there (the wind had died down), with only faint hints of birds—chickadee, goldfinch, jay with a nut. Happened to look in the right place for a catbird. Heard a late-season wood-pewee. Quite a few people on the hill, including a yoga class on mats behind the hut. A few yellow-rumps moving through the trees down the eastern slope, where we walked so I could finally eat a couple blackberries before they’re gone. Ripening apples.

On our return, Jack noticed movement in a bush between the trail and the lower blueberry field. Turkeys. Two hens and about a half dozen youngsters. They all flew up into the trees.

Chilly tonight. You can feel the turning seasons in the air.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped chickadee* (v)
2. Blue jay
3. American goldfinch**
4. Eastern wood-pewee (v)
5. Cedar waxwing
6. Gray catbird
7. American crow*
8. Song sparrow
9. Yellow-rumped warbler
10. Wild turkey
11. Eastern towhee


12. Red-eyed vireo
13. Herring gull
14. Rock pigeon
15. Double-crested cormorant

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
** Voice only elsewhere


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