28 February 2024

A Kingbird Day

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
Eastern Kingbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 July 2018.

Eastern Kingbird.

Last day of July already? Where the hoo-ha does the time go. Which is an odd expression, when you think about it, since the time doesn’t actually go anywhere—it just is. Mystery of mysteries. Might as well ask where the birds go, which is nearly as mystifying a question.

Cedar Waxwing, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 July 2018.

Cedar Waxwing.

This morning at the hill, while standing in the spruce grove watching Cedar Waxwings picking off flies in swarms from a summer hatch, I spotted a pair of Eastern Kingbirds. They were no doubt attracted—unsurprisingly—by the same fly hatch. I see kingbirds only occasionally during the year up there.

Well, today was a kingbird day.

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

1. American Robin*
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Song Sparrow
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Gray Catbird
7. Blue Jay** (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. Hermit Thrush (v)
11. Eastern Phoebe
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)
13. Field Sparrow
14. Barn Swallow
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Mourning Dove*
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Eastern Kingbird

Elsewhere

19. Herring Gull
20. Chipping Sparrow
21. Rock Pigeon
22. House Sparrow (v)

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

 

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