28 February 2024


Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 September 2014.


Lots to do after my Monhegan trip, but the day was warm (80s (F)), and Beech Hill beckoned. Jack and I headed out in mid-morning, and en route I decided we’d hike all trails.

The landscape had changed in a week: much more red and yellow, and leaves falling around us from as a breeze rippled through the canopy. Many yellow-rumps, a few sparrows, individuals of other species. And, returning down the lower wooded trail, what looked like a youngish Ovenbird—first I’ve seen in a good while.

(My cell phone ringtone is the song of an Ovenbird. That should tell you how much I love those little guys.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 11 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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


17. Herring Gull

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


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