14 April 2024

I mowed the lawn

Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Black-throated green warbler (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 September 2013).

Black-throated green warbler (juvie).

Busy Sunday. No desk work at all, but I’d run out of cat food, so I made a quick run to the grocery store before noon. Clouds loomed, interspersed by a little blue. Not much wind. Decided to ride my bicycle in early afternoon.

Chestnut-sided warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 September 2013).

Chestnut-sided warbler.

Did that. Was a nice, long ride.

Then Jack and I took kind of an early (relative to recent ones) Beech Hill hike. Right away we met a pair of birders—and, I might add, dog-lovers—with whom we spent quite a while following warblers near the parking lot. (This, after watching a neighborhood cat catch a chipmunk.) Watched a little family of chestnut-sided warblers, a young black-throated green, what appeared to be another female Blackburnian. Also chickadees, titmice, vireos, catbirds, and a towhee.

Afternoon was sunnier. Toward the summit, we came upon more waxwings hunting flies. Also sparrows. Quite a few human hikers, as well.

And dragonflies.

And crickets.

On our return home, I mowed the lawn.

Beech Hill List

Beginning at 3 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Gray catbird
2. Black-capped chickadee**
3. Tufted titmouse (v)
4. Chipping sparrow
5. White-breasted nuthatch (v)
6. Red-eyed vireo (v)
7. American goldfinch** (v)
8. Chestnut-sided warbler
9. Black-throated green warbler
10. Blackburnian warbler
11. Eastern towhee (v)
12. Cedar waxwing
13. American crow* (v)
14. Song sparrow
15. Savannah sparrow
16. Blue jay


17. Herring gull
18. Rock pigeon
19. Northern cardinal (v)
20. Laughing gull

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


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