3 August 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

I’ll Take It

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
Lincoln’s Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 May 2019.
Lincoln’s Sparrow (first of preserve).

Cold and wet morning. Forties (F) and drippy from some overnight precip. Didn’t expect much in the way of birds or photos—but, as often happens, I was pleasantly surprised.

First were all the warblers flitting silently through the leafing-out hardwoods. (Sure enough not a lot of singing going on.) Next came some nice surprises at the misty summit: activity in the spruce grove including a Least Flycatcher, a Yellow Warbler, A Magnolia Warbler, a Wilson’s Warbler—and a first-of-preserve Lincoln’s Sparrow. Pretty sure that was the first of the species I had to ID on my own, in fact.

Sweet.

In all, thirty-six species on a drippy, gray day. I’ll take it.

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

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Ovenbird
3. Black-throated Green Warbler
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. American Redstart (v)
8. Veery (v)
9. Gray Catbird (v)
10. Northern Cardinal (v)
11. Herring Gull* (v)
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Rose-breasted Grosbeak*
14. Common Yellowthroat (v)
15. Hermit Thrush (v)
16. Northern Parula (v)
17. Yellow Warbler**
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
20. Tree Swallow
21. Field Sparrow (v)
22. American Crow (v)
23. Blue Jay (v)
24. Cedar Waxwing
25. Lincoln’s Sparrow†
26. Magnolia Warbler
27. Least Flycatcher
28. Scarlet Tanager (v)
29. Wilson’s Warbler
30. Red-eyed Vireo
31. Northern Flicker (v)
32. Purple Finch (v)
33. Wood Thrush (v)
34. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
35. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
36. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

37. House Finch
38. Chipping Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird.

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