14 August 2022

Wild Wind

Monday, June 27th, 2022
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 June 2022.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Not until we hit the trailhead, dog and I, did the wind pick up. The rush rose in the canopy as the leafed-out summer trees began to wag and sway. Made it tricky to hear the voices of birds—but hear them I still did, somehow. And while today’s list was shorter than recent ones, it still felt like a lively morning.

Notable were tiny pockets of squealing woodland fledglings, a hard-to-miss gaggle of waxwings, and a singing Prairie Warbler down by Beech Hill Road.

Also notable was the absence—for the second straight day—of the House Wren on the bluebird box down there. I wonder if the wren’s raucous, weeks-long presence is no more.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:36 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Veery
5. Eastern Phoebe
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. American Crow
10. Gray Catbird
11. Yellow Warbler
12. Field Sparrow
13. Mourning Dove
14. Song Sparrow
15. American Goldfinch
16. Prairie Warbler
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Turkey Vulture
19. American Robin
20. White-breasted Nuthatch
21. Chipping Sparrow
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. Black-capped Chickadee
24. Hermit Thrush
25. Eastern Wood-pewee

Elsewhere

26. Herring Gull
27. Barn Swallow
28. Downy Woodpecker

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

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