24 June 2024

Waxwings

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022
Cedar Waxwings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 July 2022.
Cedar Waxwings.

Another coolish, mostly clear early morning for dog and me. Much like yesterday—but with a notably different variety of birds. Fowl, for one thing—a gang of turkeys and a first grouse sighting of the year (although I heard a few booming back in spring).

Most obvious, perhaps, was the high numbers of Cedar Waxwings. I thought I saw a little fly hatch up in the tips of the summit spruce grove, but there also happened to be plenty of ripe berries. These late nesters might well have some youngsters to contend with also—but they were all over the open areas, in small roaming flocks.

A bunch of other young birds out rambling around also, most approaching adulthood (or adult-sized)—like towhees.

Summer’s such a rich, active, entertaining time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:05 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Song Sparrow**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. American Goldfinch
5. Ovenbird
6. Wild Turkey
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. American Crow*
11. White-breasted Nuthatch
12. Tufted Titmouse
13. Brown Creeper (v)
14. Hairy Woodpecker
15. Black-capped Chickadee**
16. American Robin*
17. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. Alder Flycatcher (v)
21. Yellow Warbler (v)
22. Northern Flicker (v)
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Gray Catbird
25. Field Sparrow (v)
26. Eastern Phoebe*
27. Eastern Bluebird
28. Blue Jay (v)
29. Purple Finch
30. Ruffed Grouse
31. Northern Parula (v)
32. Veery

Elsewhere

33. Mourning Dove
34. Herring Gull
35. Osprey

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

†First-of-year

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