14 August 2022

Fall Migration

Monday, September 26th, 2016
Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 September 2016.

Gray Catbird.

This morning at Beech Hill, on an open stretch of trail, a small twittering bird circled above my dog and me, seemingly checking us out, before fluttering away. “I think that was a Horned Lark,” I said to Jack—or something to that effect. “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one solo, though. I’ll check that voice when we get home.”

Not long afterward, on the summit, I caught sight of a tight flock of little twittering birds flying swiftly south. Now, those, I thought, were larks.

But not until we ran into my expert birding friend, Evan, did I confirm that ID: he’d also seen the flock of ’em. (Thanks also to Evan’s ID skills, my list today had two more species—blackpoll and sapsucker—than it would have otherwise.) We flushed a woodcock, too.

Fall migration’s kind of a gas.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 September 2016.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

1. American Robin
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Hairy Woodpecker
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. American Crow* (v)
8. American Goldfinch
9. Blue Jay
10. Gray Catbird
11. Song Sparrow
12. Savannah Sparrow
13. Purple Finch (v)
14. Horned Lark†
15. Eastern Towhee (v)
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Cedar Waxwing (v)
18. Eastern Phoebe
19. Blackpoll Warbler
20. Northern Flicker
21. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
22. American Woodcock


23. Chipping Sparrow

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

Seven-spotted Ladybird Beetle, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 September 2016.

Seven-spotted Ladybird Beetle.

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