26 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Finches

Friday, July 19th, 2019
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, 19 July 2019.
American Goldfinch.

I see finches nearly every day on the hill during high season. Goldfinches and Purple Finches, usually. Today I saw (or heard) both species. They sing familiar songs and have familiar personalities.

Today dog and I happened to be at the early summit when two male goldfinches decided to have a sort of duel. Or standoff. Or joust. Flitting and chattering and chasing each other around. On a cool, breezy, pre-heat wave morning, that’s about all a body can ask for.

I do have a soft spot for finches.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.Savann

1. Veery** (v)
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
6. Gray Catbird**
7. Chipping Sparrow*
8. Ovenbird (v)
9. Eastern Towhee
10. American Goldfinch**
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Tree Swallow
13. American Robin
14. Savannah Sparrow
15. Mourning Dove
16. American Crow
17. Common Yellowthroat
18. Northern Cardinal** (v)
19. Eastern Phoebe*
20. Northern Flicker (v)
21. Purple Finch (v)
22. Tufted Titmouse (v)
23. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Downy Woodpecker (v)
25. Field Sparrow
26. Blue Jay (v)
27. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
28.Yellow Warbler (v)
29. Hairy Woodpecker
30. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

32. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
33. Herring Gull

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

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