30 November 2023

I Watched a Towhee Preen

Saturday, May 28th, 2016
Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 May 2016.

Eastern Phoebe.

I watched a towhee preen today.
It dipped its bill into its breast and
plucked each feather up by the base,
then pulled it, nibbling, clear to the tip
in a trembling, dainty motion.

Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 May 2016.

Yellow Warbler.

Beech Hill List

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Wild Turkey
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Ovenbird
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. American Redstart** (v)
7. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler
9. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
12. Veery
13. Northern Cardinal**
14. American Goldfinch*
15. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
16. Gray Catbird*
17. Northern Flicker
18. Eastern Towhee
19. Alder Flycatcher
20. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
21. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
22. Black-and-white Warbler**
23. Blue Jay**
24. Yellow Warbler
25. Cedar Waxwing (v)
26. Field Sparrow
27. Song Sparrow
28. Scarlet Tanager (v)
29. Tree Swallow
30. Purple Finch
31. Savannah Sparrow
32. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
33. American Robin*
34. Mourning Dove* (v)

Elsewhere

35. European Starling
36. Herring Gull
37. Northern Mockingbird
38. Pine Warbler (v)

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

A Black-and-white Warbler pauses to sing purposefully from a greening branch.

Black-and-white Warbler.

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