23 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Shy birds

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Eastern Towhee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 August 2014.

Eastern Towhee (female).

The birds of Beech Hill were shy today. Hell, all the birds were shy. At my place early, I heard a young bird calling for food, stood until I spotted the thing, and it was a juvenile Red-eyed Vireo. And the same thing happend on the hill.

Song sparrows were diving into thick bushes. Catbirds were flitting out of sight. Yellow-rumped warblers were still active in the spruce grove at the summit—I could hear their incessant chip notes—but I caught only brief glimpses of them. Waxwings were zipping around overhead, as usual.

It was a cool and nervous day. I liked it a lot.

Addendum: I did not see a monarch today for the first time in a few. (Yesterday I saw one at Beech Hill fluttering in the distance, and the day before I saw a dead one while cycling the shoulder of Route 1.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Cedar Waxwing
2. Blue Jay**
3. Song Sparrow
4. Red-eyed Vireo*
5. American Crow* (v)
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Gray Catbird
8. Yell0w-rumped Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
10. Eastern Towhee

Elsewhere

11. Herring Gull
12. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
13. Northern Cardinal (v)
14. House Sparrow

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

 

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