28 February 2024

Solitude

Monday, May 30th, 2016
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2016.

Yellow Warbler.

Solitude can teach you things
you’ll never learn in any other way,
such as the gentle peeps an Alder Flycatcher will make
around its favored nesting site
or where to look for hummingbirds
at just this time of year.

Ghost of catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2016.

Ghost of catbird.

Spared of human influence,
your senses can be free to open wide
enough to learn the Earth—its sound, its feel, its shadow worlds,
its subtle change from day to day,
the hour of owl, the hour of deer.
You’ll read the minds of crows.

Yet you bring your dog along,
because a dog instinctively knows how
to tune distractions out—you wait for him, he waits for you,
together you explore the wood
as heavy fog drips from new leaves.
You’re not really alone.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
3. Ovenbird** (v)
4. American Redstart
5. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Veery
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Alder Flycatcher
13. Gray Catbird*
14. American Goldfinch**
15. Field Sparrow
16. Song Sparrow
17. Yellow Warbler
18. Cedar Waxwing (v)
19. Tree Swallow
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Savannah Sparrow (v)
22. Northern Cardinal* (v)
23. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
24. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
25. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)

Elsewhere

26. American Robin
27. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
28. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
29. Osprey (v)
30. Common Grackle
31. Herring Gull
32. Common Loon (v)
33. Common Nighthawk†

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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