26 May 2022

A young, waxing moon

Saturday, June 28th, 2014
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 June 2014.

Savannah Sparrow.

All right, this was just one of those days. One of those rare days that combined warm, sunny weather—alongside cool shady places and wind to evaporate the sweat and birdsong and motion and accomplishment and hard work and unexpected pleasantries—with a sense of purpose and hope and optimism and looking forward. A peak-experience sort of day. They don’t come often, but when they do…

Aphrodite Fritillary, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 June 2014.

Aphrodite Fritillary.

Had some ideas early, acted on them, got busy, worked on some stuff, changed some things, cleaned up some longstanding messes, made a dump run, rode twenty miles on my bicycle—stopping to buy butter at one place, a bottle of beer at another, and, at a third, a cool, sweet glass of lemonade from a makeshift roadside stand managed by a couple of very friendly children. Cleaned up some things. Physically and mentally. And then took my dog on a hike at Beech Hill Preserve.

Lovely, lovely day up there. I wore shorts, a flimsy shirt, and sandals; Jack went naked. Warmth, brightness, slight breeze, singing birds—singing more than they have been in the past several days, in fact—and even a glimpse of what I’m gonna say was an Upland Sandpiper in flight above the summit barrens.

The little blueberries are growing fast. Seems it might be an early season.

I also cooked a great batch of sofrito, used it on my burrito. Today felt better than any day for a while, that’s for sure.

I wonder if it had to do with a young, waxing moon.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. American Redstart**
5. Song Sparrow**
6. American Robin* (v)
7. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
8. Common Yellowthroat**
9. Cedar Waxwing (v)
10. Yellow Warbler** (v)
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. Gray Catbird (v)
13. American Crow*
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Veery (v)
16. Savannah Sparrow
17. Herring Gull*
18. Upland Sandpiper
19. Ovenbird** (v)
20. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
21. Mourning Dove*
22. Nashville Warbler (v)
23. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Purple Finch


25. Northern Cardinal (v)
26. Blue Jay (v)
27. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
28. Red-winged Blackbird
29. Great Black-backed Gull
30. Northern Parula (v)
31. Tufted Titmouse (v)

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


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