5 February 2023

Cold spring

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Turkey Vultures, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 April 2014.

Turkey Vultures.

The lawn needs mowing. The lawn is about the only proof around here that this is actually spring. This early morning was in the upper-30s (F), although (thank goodness) it wasn’t as windy as it has been recently. A gray morning. Birds are about, are singing, are moving through—especially (still) the Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers and even a little batch of Palm Warblers.

Notable today were the three Turkey Vultures that sailed in and touched down on Beech Nut’s chimney and roof. Maybe it’s an omen—a portent of the sweet warmth of May.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Wild Turkey (v)
2. Hermit Thrush (v)
3. Northern Flicker
4. Eastern Phoebe
5. Palm Warbler
6. Hairy Woodpecker (drumming)
7. American Robin
8. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. American Goldfinch (v)
11. American Woodcock (flushed)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
14. American Crow*
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Brown-headed Cowbird
17. Song Sparrow**
18. Savannah Sparrow (v)
19. Mourning Dove* (v)
20. Blue Jay
21. Chipping Sparrow (v)
22. Turkey Vulture
23. Herring Gull* (v)

Elsewhere

24. Mallard
25. European Starling
26. Common Grackle

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

 

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