24 June 2024

Calm before the storm

Monday, August 31st, 2015
Red-eyed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 August 2015.

Red-eyed Vireo.

Partly cloudy, not very windy, not too warm when Jack and I hiked Beech Hill this late-afternoon. Not many birds, either—not apparent ones, I mean. Very few calling. Saw only four, including a young vireo I happened to spot foraging for insects in the tip of a young tree.

The youngsters are adult sized now. Migration is a couple short weeks away. Kind of like the calm before the storm.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Eastern Towhee (v)
3. Cedar Waxwing**
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. American Crow*


6. Herring Gull
7. Rock Pigeon
8. Osprey
9. Mourning Dove
10. Laughing Gull

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


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