17 January 2021

Change-of-pace

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Eastern Phoebe.

Eastern Phoebe.

Early fog burned off within an hour or so, and the black flies began to swarm. And the warblers began to swarm after them. Not as many species as yesterday, but still a bunch. No great photo ops, other than a few near misses, but the birds were generally cooperative.

And surprising: first-of-year Eastern Wood-pewee (a bunch of ’em) and Bobolink (heard its bouncy song in a large swath of grass near South Street). Perhaps the funnest sighting was a hummingbird flying by about about sixty feet above our heads, Jack and I.

We also saw a couple of deer.

The day actually turned out fairly sunny—a nice change-of-pace—and I mowed the lawn. Also heard Laughing Gulls out there.

Will be at Beech Hill again tomorrow. Will be foggy again, too, I hear.

P.S. If my hunches are correct, tomorrow will be the day I’ll hear my first Black-Billed Cuckoo.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Red-eyed Vireo
3. Common Yellowthroat**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
5. Veery
6. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. American Robin
9. Hermit Thrush
10. Gray Catbird*
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Tufted Titmouse**
13. American Goldfinch
14. Mourning Dove*
15. American Redstart**
16. Northern Flicker
17. Eastern Wood-pewee† (v)
18. Yellow Warbler**
19. Blue Jay (v)
20. Eastern Towhee
21. Black-capped Chickadee
22. Nashville Warbler (v)
23. American Crow*
24. Song Sparrow**
25. Chipping Sparrow**
26. Field Sparrow (v)
27. Scarlet Tanager
28. House Finch (v)
29. Eastern Phoebe**
30. Northern Cardinal** (v)
31. Alder Flycatcher (v)
32. Red-winged Blackbird
33. Blackpoll Warbler (v)
34. Magnolia Warbler
35. Bobolink† (v)
36. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
37. Savannah Sparrow
38. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
39. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
40. Tree Swallow
41. Herring Gull*
42. Blackburnian Warbler (v)
43. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

44. Laughing Gull (v)

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

 

 

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