26 May 2022

Camouflage, I Guess

Friday, April 28th, 2017
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2017.

Goldfinch in fog.

Third straight foggy day. But it’s the end of April in Maine, after all, which means I’ll be mowing the lawn in a week or so. Also, birds. Arriving birds. Migrants, inbound for the next month or so. They’ll come from the direction of the bay, arrive at sunup, begin working their way up to Beech Hill.

Tomorrow might be sunny for a change, so I hear. Sounds promising.

Black Swan (American Crow), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2017.

Black Swan (American Crow).

This morning while working to track a singer I didn’t recognize, we flushed a woodcock that’d been sitting in the muddy trail not 20 feet in front of dog and me.

“How’d I miss that?” I said to Jack. “Camouflage, I guess.”

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin*
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
4. Northern Cardinal* (v)
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Brown-headed Cowbird
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Purple Finch (v)
11. Tree Swallow
12. Song Sparrow
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. American Goldfinch
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Savannah Sparrow
17. Northern Flicker
19. American Woodcock
20. Downy Woodpecker (v)


21. White-breasted Nuthatch
22. Herring Gull
23. Rock Pigeon
24. European Starling

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

Eastern Chipmunk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2017.

Eastern Chipmunk.

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