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Fog on the hill

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 May 2014.

Hermit Thrush.

After I awoke to the sun rising over the bay, fog settled in, and I hiked a misty hill. My hunch proved bogus: I do not have a cuckoo on my list today. What I did have was a bunch of birds posing for photos that I narrowly missed; at least I also some pose for photos that I didn’t miss. Here are a few of the latter.

Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 May 2014.

Ovenbird.

Scarlet Tanager, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 May 2014.

Scarlet Tanager.

Savannah Sparrow in blueberries, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 May 2014.

Savannah Sparrow in blueberries.

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

1. Mallard*
2. Ovenbird**
3. Common Yellowthroat
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Eastern Phoebe**
7. Tufted Titmouse**
8. Veery
9. Chestnut-sided Warbler
10. American Robin*
11. Black-capped Chickadee*
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Black-and-white Warbler
14. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
15. American Redstart
16. Hermit Thrush
17. Northern Flicker
18. American Goldfinch (v)
19. Gray Catbird**
20. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
21. Northern Parula (v)
22. Song Sparrow
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Yellow Warbler
25. Tennessee Warbler† (v)
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Blue Jay
28. House Finch**
29. Hairy Woodpecker
30. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
31. Northern Cardinal** (v)
32. Mourning Dove* (v)
33. Nashville Warbler (v)
34. Alder Flycatcher (v)
35. Scarlet Tanager
36. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
37. Blackburnian Warbler (v)
38. White-throated Sparrow (v)
39. Pileated Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

40. Herring Gull
41. House Sparrow
42. European Starling
43. Rock Pigeon
44. Osprey (v)
45. Common Grackle
46. Laughing Gull
47. Chimney Swift†

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

 

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