14 August 2022

Fall Surprises

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
Black-throated Blue Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 September 2017.

Black-throated Blue Warbler (female).

I love fall migration for its inevitable, unpredictable surprises. This lovely—truly lovely—morning I was surprised and delighted to encounter a female Black-throated Blue Warbler poking about for caterpillars. I couldn’t ID her in the field, being so obsessed with yoinking a photo, but it became clear on first glance at the pic later. Lovely bird.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 September 2017.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Yellow-rumps, flickers, and waxwings still. Catbirds and towhees. Sparrows. And a comely little warbler I rarely see.

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

1. Blue Jay**
2. Eastern Towhee (v)
3. American Goldfinch* (v)
4. Black-throated Blue Warbler
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. American Crow*
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Northern Flicker
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Song Sparrow
14. Eastern Phoebe
15. American Robin
16. White-throated Sparrow (v)


17. Rock Pigeon
18. Mourning Dove
19. Herring Gull
20. Mallard

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


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