24 June 2024

Before the Thunder

Monday, July 25th, 2022
Common Raven above the barrens, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 July 2022.
Raven above the barrens.

Thundershowers being forecast for mid-morning, dog and I took off a little early again this overcast morning. Breezy, too, so wearing my light rain gear (to stave off mosquitos and such) didn’t make me sweat so much (nor did Jack pant as hard as on recent mornings). And we encountered no rain.

We didn’t encounter many birds, either—at least not as many as we have lately—but those that showed up were fun. Most notably, we started a raven that appeared to be chowing down on blueberries. I managed only a photo from a distance as it flapped away.

Just eighteen species in all. But we did get back shortly after nine, beating the first thundershower by nearly an hour. A second came a couple hours later, and a third this evening.

Tomorrow’s supposed to be cooler but brighter. We shall see!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:10 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Downy Woodpecker (v)
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. American Goldfinch**
5. American Crow*
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler
8. Gray Catbird
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Hermit Thrush
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Song Sparrow
14. Common Raven
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Ovenbird (v)
17. Herring Gull
18. Tufted Titmouse

Elsewhere

19. Mourning Dove
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Northern Cardinal (v)

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

†First-of-year

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