26 May 2022

Birds of the Barrens

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 May 2022.
Eastern Bluebird.

The woods are full of warblers, woodpeckers, thrushes and such. The barrens bring sparrows and hawks, bluebirds and swallows—and more.

It’s fortunate that Beech Hill has these two habitats, and the miraculous edges between the two. Day by day, you never really know what you’ll get (as you don’t most days wherever you roam), but the open fields are fine and fruitful. Airy. With long views.

Today I saw an Osprey fly over carrying a fish. I encountered territorial disputes among swallows. I heard the sweet voices of the Savannah Sparrows I love.

After my thousands of hikes with dog up there, I’m not sure I could handle one without the other.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:29 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Eastern Phoebe*
3. Black-and-white Warbler
4. American Goldfinch
5. Downy Woodpecker** (v)
6. Gray Catbird
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
9. Northern Parula
10. Black-capped Chickadee*
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Herring Gull* (v)
13. Blue Jay
14. Northern Cardinal**
15. Chestnut-sided Warbler
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. American Crow*
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. White-throated Sparrow (v)
20. Song Sparrow**
21. American Crow*
22. Tree Swallow
23. Chipping Sparrow**
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. Savannah Sparrow
26. Turkey Vulture
27. Osprey
28. Hermit Thrush
29. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
30. Common Raven

Elsewhere

31. Wild Turkey
32. Mallard

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

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