21 February 2024

Miracles and Mysteries

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

 

Chestnut-sided Warbler (female, gathering nest fluff), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2016.

Chestnut-sided Warbler (female, gathering nest fluff).

Today I watched a pair
of Chestnut-sided Warblers—
a male, above, with fluffed side-feathers and raised tail
diving at the female, below,
the two of them engaging in a swift chase,
then the female, collecting tent-caterpillar silk
to use as nest fluff.

Horny male Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2016.

Horny male Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Too, I watched a bright male Scarlet Tanager
sing for a while in the green canopy.

And I listened to my favorite high-season
music of the bottomlands:
an Eastern Wood-pewee’s slow, slurred pronouncements,
the miraculous fountains of a Hermit Thrush,
and the subtle buzzy voice of a Black-throated Blue.

Also, I came upon the fresh carcass of
a Woodland Jumping Mouse—
the third dead small rodent
I’ve found
on the trail
in a week.

Life is made of miracles and mysteries.

Scarlet Tanager, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2016.

Scarlet Tanager.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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

Woodland Jumping Mouse (deceased), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2016.

Woodland Jumping Mouse (deceased).

Elsewhere

33. Blue Jay
34. Rock Pigeon
35. Common Grackle
36. Herring Gull

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

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