30 June 2022

Boom!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022
Eastern Wood-pewee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 June 2022.
Eastern Wood-pewee.

And summer came, and Nature held a party. There were shenanigans, there were quarrels, there was music, there was magic.

The air was cool and the sky near cloudless when dog and I started up the trail. Little wind, lots of birdsong. Notable was the syncopated drumming of a sapsucker, the subtle notes of a hummingbird (first in a while), and just the number and variety of species. I believe today’s count was the second-highest yet since our return to the Maine coast.

Eastern Coyote, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 June 2022.
Eastern Coyote.

But the height of excitement came as we were strolling slowly down the open main Beech Hill trail when an Eastern Coyote emerged from the profuse shrubbery and crossed the trail not ten or twelve yards ahead of us. I imagined she was a female, perhaps having stashed her pups in that greenery, but she didn’t move overly fast—more like a slow lope. And then she stopped and cast a glance behind her.

Thank you, goddess of summer.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:27 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Song Sparrow**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Downy Woodpecker
5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Veery
9. Gray Catbird
10. Pileated Woodpecker
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. American Redstart** (v)
13. American Crow*
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler
15. Northern Cardinal** (v)
16. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
17. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Alder Flycatcher
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Field Sparrow
25. American Robin
26. Eastern Bluebird
27. Cedar Waxwing
28. House Wren
29. Eastern Phoebe
30. Chipping Sparrow (v)
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Prairie Warbler (v)
34. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
35. Tufted Titmouse (v)
36. Pine Warbler
37. Eastern Wood-pewee
38. Brown Creeper (v)

Elsewhere

39. Mallard
40. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Coyote

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

†First-of-year

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