14 August 2022

Fly Hatch

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022
Cedar Waxwings in a fly hatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 August 2022.
Cedar Waxwings in a fly hatch.

A bit of a late start this overcast morning, thinking it might get bright enough for photos eventually. Dim it was, and pretty quiet up the wooded trails, but things got interesting at the summit again.

House Finch was new. Another oriole (which I didn’t frankly notice until I saw the photo many hours later). Bluebirds. Big birds—osprey, gull, vulture. But most exciting was probably the big ol’ fly hatch in the summit spruce grove, which had waxwings (and bluebirds) going nuts. Also a nice chat with some friends.

I’d repeat this hike. It was a good ’un.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:53 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Red-eyed Vireo**
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Hermit Thrush (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Northern Cardinal** (v)
11. Gray Catbird
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Alder Flycatcher (v)
14. Song Sparrow
15. Baltimore Oriole
16. House Wren (v)
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Eastern Wood-pewee
19. Downy Woodpecker (v)
20. House Finch
21. American Robin
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Field Sparrow (v)
24. Herring Gull*
25. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
26. Yellow Warbler (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Osprey
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

31. Mourning Dove

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

†First-of-year

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