30 June 2022


Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Blackpoll Warbler (dining on invasive Asiatic Bittersweet), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 October 2018.

Blackpoll Warbler (dining on invasive Asiatic Bittersweet).

This chilly, drizzly morning, Jack and I hiked up through the woods again, but this time we came upon a heck of a lot of birds. Silent birds, stealthy birds, but birds nonetheless. Noteworthy was a Blackpoll Warbler in fall plumage chowing down on the berries of one of many  of Asiatic Bittersweet plants at Beech Hill.

I thought, “This bird will be spreading those seeds far and wide.”

Ah, well!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
6. White-throated Sparrow (v)
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Northern Flicker
9. American Robin (v)
10. Blackpoll Warbler
11. Hermit Thrush
12. Downy Woodpecker (v)
13. American Goldfinch (v)
15. Purple Finch (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
17. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)


19. Herring Gull
20. Rock Pigeon
21. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
*Voice only elsewhere


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