14 August 2022

What a Day

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
Blackburnian Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2018.

Blackburnian Warbler.

Black-billed Cuckoo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2018.

Black-billed Cuckoo.

Warm and summery. Mosquitos and other flies that birds like to eat attracted quite a few of ’em. In fact, surprisingly, I had three first-of-year birds: Cedar Waxwing (a little flock flying over), Blackburnian Warbler (singing high woodland canopy), and Philadelphia Vireo (which I ID’d from its song).

Plus, I scared up a pair of cuckoos, watched tanagers in the deeper woods, and, to top it off, heard the repeated ch-beks of a Least Flycatcher.

What a day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

Scarlet Tanager, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2018.

Scarlet Tanager.

1. Wood Thrush (v)
2. Ovenbird*
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Veery
5. Red-eyed Vireo
6. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat**
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
9. American Redstart**
10. American Robin
11. Blue Jay (v)
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)
13. Black-and-white Warbler
14. Hermit Thrush (v)
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Mourning Dove (v)
17. Gray Catbird**
18. Eastern Towhee
19. Black-capped Chickadee
20. American Goldfinch (v)
21. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
22. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Yellow Warbler (v)
25. Song Sparrow*
26. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
27. Field Sparrow (v)
28. Eastern Phoebe
29. Philadelphia Vireo† (v)
30. Cedar Waxwing†
31. Savannah Sparrow (v)
32. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
33. Turkey Vulture
34. American Crow*
35. Black-billed Cuckoo
36. Scarlet Tanager
37. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
38. Northern Parula (v)
39. Blackburnian Warbler†
40. Least Flycatcher (v)

Elsewhere

41. Blackpoll Warbler (v)
42. Northern Cardinal (v)
43. Herring Gull
44. European Starling
45. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
46. House Sparrow (v)
47. House Finch (v)
48. Common Grackle
49. Chipping Sparrow
50. Northern Cardinal (v)

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

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