5 February 2023

Fallout!

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
Black-and-white Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 August 2017.

Black-and-white Warbler (female).

An overcast morning, still and cool. Jack and I started up the trail and got no further than around the first bend when I realized slowly that we were surrounded by little flitting warblers. Also vireos, chickadees, titmice, etc. But a genuine, smallish (but still impressive) early season fallout.

Black-and-white Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 August 2017.

Black-and-white Warbler.

So dim was the light, though, that I couldn’t manage decent photos of the Pine Warbler, the American Redstarts, the Magnolia Warbler, and the tiny Cape May (I believe) that perched for just an instant about six feet above us. Thanks be to the female Black-and-white Warbler that poked about in the bark above us, hesitating just long enough to allow for a couple of not-too-blurry portraits.

Sure was exciting, though. (Can hardly wait for morning.)

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

1. Blue Jay**
2. Red-eyed Vireo
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Tufted Titmouse
5. Gray Catbird
6. American Goldfinch**
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. American Redstart
9. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Black-and-white Warbler
11. American Redstart
12. Magnolia Warbler
13. Pine Warbler
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Song Sparrow (v)
16. Eastern Towhee (v)
17. American Crow* (v)
18. Yellow Warbler (v)
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
20. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
21. Northern Cardinal (v)
22. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)

Elsewhere

23. Mourning Dove
24. Rock Pigeon
25. Herring Gull

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

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