28 February 2024

October Bluebirds

Monday, October 29th, 2018
Eastern Bluebirds, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 October 2018.

Eastern Bluebirds.

A damp but not cold morning. Temps in the 40s (F), not too much wind. Rain would come later, but not before Jack and I took a moderately late hike up Beech Hill.

The birds weren’t obvious, but they were around: chipping yellow-rumps, the notes of sparrows, a little group of bluebirds lending color to an otherwise gray landscape. The quay of a thrush. Crows in the crown of an ochre-colored tree. Heard the low, liquid cuck-cow! of a raven. Heard jays. Chickadees, of course.

Most memorable, I guess, were the bluebirds.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Hermit Thrush (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Song Sparrow* (v)
7. Eastern Bluebird
8. American Crow*
9. Northern Flicker
10. White-throated Sparrow* (v)
11. Blue Jay (v)
12. Common Raven (v)


13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Herring Gull
15. Chipping Sparrow

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


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