5 February 2023

Social Life

Monday, August 15th, 2022
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2022.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

This morning’s cool, sunny hike—the yellowish sun of late summer—came with a nice collection of bird species, but a more distracted lister. That’s because of the several conversations I had with fellow Beech Hill hikers.

Bobolink (female/juvie male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2022.
Bobolink (female/juvie male).

It’s often that way. Jack and I are a friendly pair, and, well, these days trail chats are pretty much our only social life. These chats were good ones— inspiring, involving strangers and old pals, full of interesting coincidences. But I really lose count on such mornings.

I’m pretty sure I nailed things down, though. Most memorable, to me, will be the fact that I got my first halfway decent photo of a Maine hummingbird in a long while. (Haven’t seen many since our return.) Plus, a first-in-years Bobolink.

Rain expected on Wednesday. Tomorrow will be another dry one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow* (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Red-breasted Nuthatch
7. Alder Flycatcher
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Purple Finch
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Bobolink
24. Chestnut-sided Warbler
25. Northern Cardinal (v)
26. Least Flycatcher (v)
27. Common Yellowthroat
28. Wilson’s Warbler

Elsewhere

29. Carolina Wren (v)
30. American Robin (v)
31. Herring Gull

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

Reptiles

Eastern Garter Snake

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

†First-of-year

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