28 February 2024

Many bluebirds

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Eastern bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2013.

Eastern bluebird.

Today was a sunny one, and kind of cold. Not too windy, though, and I actually thought about going cycling—but I got busy and didn’t do it. I did, however, dash over Beech Hill with dog before running a few errands.

Eastern bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2013.

Eastern bluebird.

Nobody else at the hill when we arrived. Very soon into our ascent—in fact, before we’d even begun to ascend, really—I saw and/or heard a passel of species and saw a couple of bluebirds. We stopped so I could watch the bluebirds. There were just two at first, fluttering over to a tree across the road, but then a third showed up. Then I heard more bluebirds calling from nearby and spotted another batch hanging around the lower blueberry patch. They’d flit from branch to branch in twos and threes. A single bird would swoop over the field and hover for a second. They’d call and chatter at each other. Must’ve been a couple dozen of them in all.

Crows I heard. Robins. Nothing at the summit but a few yellow-rumped warblers in the spruce grove. And a chickadee.

Later, as we pulled out of the parking lot, we scattered a little group of mourning doves.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:15 p., I hiked the open trail.

1. American robin
2. Black-capped chickadee
3. Tufted titmouse (v)
4. Yellow-rumped warbler
5. Downy woodpecker
6. Eastern bluebird
7. American crow*
8. Song sparrow
9. White-breasted nuthatch (v)
10. Mourning dove

Elsewhere

11. Herring gull
12. Ring-billed gull (v)

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

 

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