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A Fruitful Morning

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 April 2019.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Clear and cool and breezy this morning—a fairly stout northwest breeze. Coming up the hill early, I didn’t expect to have many birds on my list. I was wrong.

Not only the usual suspects, but two first-of-year species (Palm Warbler and Hermit Thrush—first quay! note, then song), along with an extremely vocal raven. (I learned, in fact, that a raven can utter a series of distinctive clicks.)

And at home, a White-throated Sparrow singing a crazy, uplifting, non-standard white-throat song.

(Also a Barred Owl calling out my back window in the wee hours. Nearly forgot about that one!)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Northern Cardinal* (v)
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. Eastern Phoebe**
6. American Crow*
7. Common Loon (v)
8. American Kestrel
9. Northern Flicker
10. American Robin*
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Herring Gull*
13. Common Raven
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Palm Warbler†
16. Hermit Thrush†
17. Turkey Vulture
18. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)


19. Barred Owl (v)
20. House Finch (v)
21. White-throated Sparrow

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

†First-of-year bird

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