22 September 2023

Birding in Fog

Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2018.

Eastern Phoebe.

The parking lot was hoppin’ this foggy morning, as crews of volunteers, young and old, spent time doing spring cleaning in and around the preserve. Despite all the human activity, birds were about, singing and flitting and flying. I didn’t get good looks at many—e.g., the harrier veering off in the misty distance—but the song of a Savannah Sparrow somehow sounds better when heard within a cloud.

I truly love birding in fog.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. American Robin* (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Song Sparrow**
7. American Crow* (v)
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Savannah Sparrow
10. Tufted Titmouse* (v)
11. Northern Harrier
12. Northern Cardinal** (v)
13. Downy Woodpecker (v)
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)


16. Herring Gull
17. Chipping Sparrow (v)
18. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

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


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