17 January 2021


Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 July 2019.
Savannah Sparrow.

I love Savannah Sparrows. I’m not sure what it is. Well, I love their wonderful sibilant, insect-like, understated song, with a little hiccup at the end. And yet it carries a mile. Arguable my favorite birdsong.

The past few days I’ve heard the familiar, sharp, faint chip of a Savannah, then spied down the bird, perched near the tip of a low bush (as is their habit). For whatever reason, this species did not nest in early spring at Beech Hill this year, as usual. I missed ’em like crazy. Nice to see at least one second nest has (apparently) prove fruitful.

Otherwise, a luscious, dry, cool breezy July morning. Not many places have such exceptionally sweet summer’s as we do here at the 44th parallel.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Veery (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Ovenbird (v)
5. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
6. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
7. Barn Swallow
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Common Yellowthroat (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Savannah Sparrow
13. Song Sparrow**
14. Field Sparrow
15. Herring Gull*
16. American Crow*
17. American Robin* (v)
18. Eastern Bluebird
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe*
21. American Goldfinch
22. Northern Cardinal** (v)


23. Mourning Dove
24. House Sparrow
25. Rock Pigeon

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

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