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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 May 2014.

Ovenbird.

Another day, another wet, cold hike around Beech Hill Preserve with Jack. Crazy, crazy weather. And now Atlantic Puffin expert Steve Kress is reporting alarming declines in the puffin population, thanks to warmer water and changes in available food fish species. Welcome to the Anthropocene.

Birch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 May 2014.

Birch.

Despite the rain and chill, I managed to list one more bird species than yesterday. Surprised the heck out of me, frankly—but I’m not complaining.

Tree Swallows flying above the blueberry fields. A raven soaring in the rain overhead, croaking. Hummingbirds flitting all over the place on either sie of the main carriage trail.

Kind of sucks that it was too dark for photos—again. But I did get a so-so picture of an Ovenbird.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. American Redstart (v)
9. Mourning Dove*
10. American Robin*
11. American Crow*
12. Gray Catbird**
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Blue Jay (v)
15. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
16. Common Raven
17. Song Sparrow**
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Tree Swallow
20. Savannah Sparrow
21. Yellow Warbler** (v)
22. American Goldfinch (v)
23. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
24. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
25. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
26. Common Loon (v)
27. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
28. Veery (v)
29. Eastern Phoebe

Elsewhere

30. Herring Gull
31. Osprey (v)

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

 

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