24 June 2024

Nighthawk!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
Monarch caterpillar, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 September 2018.

Monarch caterpillar.

The most thrilling part of this day—birdwise or otherwise—was this warm early afternoon when, upon exiting Good Tern Coop in Rockland, I saw a Common Nighthawk winging its way over the parking lot. I got so excited I walked back in to tell the clerks what I’d seen.

I remember in the old days when nighthawks nested on the roofs of the Rockland business block, but until today I hadn’t seen a single one in town in probably 20 years. Last one I’ve seen was flying above Beech Hill a few years ago.

Speaking of: not a single decent bird pic from my hike with dog today today. But I did get a pic of a Monarch caterpillar.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Blue Jay
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow*
5. American Goldfinch**
6. Song Sparrow
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Gray Catbird (v)
10. Turkey Vulture*
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Eastern Towhee (v)

Elsewhere

13. Northern Cardinal
14. White-breasted Nuthatch
15. Wild Turkey
16. Rock Pigeon
17. Herring Gull
18. Common Nighthawk

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

 

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