30 June 2022

Work and play

Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Gray Catbird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 August 2014.

Gray Catbird (juvie).

Busy day of work and play. Mostly work—desk work, a little carpentry—but in mid-afternoon, I took a break with Jack.

Black Swallowtail, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 August 2014.

Black Swallowtail.

Beech Hill was hazy and muggy and warm. Plenty of people walking up and down. Quite a few birds lurking in the undergrowth, too—including young White-throated Sparrows, Gray Catbirds, Cedar Waxwings, Yellow-rumped Warblers (on the move). Dragonflies sweeping back and forth in elongated rectangular paths along the trail. Assorted butterflies.

Just as I was finishing my carpentry project, it began to rain a little, so I went to replace a broken outdoor lightbulb and was just about to reach in its cylindrical hole when I happened to notice a honeycomb pattern in the dark interior. Wasp nest(s). I decided to put that off for another day.

Tonight it’s raining pretty steadily. Tomorrow is the first day of September.

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

1. American Goldfinch** (v)
2. Blue Jay**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Cedar Waxwing**
5. Gray Catbird
6. Common Yellowthroat
7. American Crow*
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. White-throated Sparrow
10. Song Sparrow
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Eastern Phoebe

Elsewhere

15. Herring Gull
16. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
17. Laughing Gull
18. Great Blue Heron

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

 

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