25 May 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Sudden Abundance

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
First-day phoebe fledgling, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 June 2019.
First-day phoebe fledgling.

Early to the hill again, and again an embarrassment of species. Noteworthy was a Yellow-throated Vireo I heard calling just down from the summit. Also noteworthy were various fledglings—including a couple first-day Eastern Phoebe babies at the hut.

A male eastern bluebird sopped by the hill this early morning.
Male eastern bluebird.

Bluebirds abounded. Plenty of other species also. We’ve already got probably twice as many migratory birds as arrived here just a few weeks ago. And many more still will fly south come fall.

Rain tonight. A little tomorrow. Flooding is a rare challenge—but better too much rain than not enough.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail—and then some.

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Eastern Phoebe*
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Chipping Sparrow**
12. Mourning Dove* (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Common Yellowthroat**
15. Tree Swallow
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Veery (v)
18. Purple Finch
19. Northern Cardinal (v)
20. Herring Gull* (v)
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
24. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Northern Flicker (v)
27. Gray Catbird
28. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
29. Hermit Thrush (v)
30. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
31 Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
32. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
33. Nashville Warbler
34. Common Loon
35. Yellow-throated Vireo†
36. Field Sparrow

Elsewhere

36. House Finch
37. Red-winged Blackbird

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


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