24 June 2024

May Day

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 May 2019.
Hermit Thrush.
Portrait of Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 May 2019.
Portrait of Yellow.

May Day—the day Jack and I begin hiking the wooded trail. It was quiet and chilly and bright. Very small ferns unfurling, tiny leaf buds on trees. An inconvenient wind, but a few migrants (and residents) made themselves known.

I went looking for a thrush. I found one. I also found another Blue-headed Vireo near the summit in the lee. Also stood there while a pair of Northern Harriers swooped overhead. Plenty of Yellow-rumped Warblers moving through.

Ah, May Day. Every day this month holds sweet, sweet promise.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Robin (v)
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Herring Gull* (v)
5. Eastern Towhee (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse**
7. American Crow*
8. Hermit Thrush
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Blue-headed Vireo
11. Eastern Phoebe**
12. Northern Harrier
13. Tree Swallow
14. Song Sparrow** (v)
15. Eastern Bluebird
16. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
17. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
18. Purple Finch (v)
19. Northern Cardinal** (v)

Elsewhere

20. House Finch (v)
21. Wild Turkey
22. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)

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

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