5 February 2023

Hawk and Such

Sunday, August 28th, 2022
Broad-winged Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 August 2022.
Broad-winged Hawk.

Another lovely morning hike—a fair morning this day, with cool temps and fragrant air. A good selection of birds, including a couple warblers, a couple woodpeckers, a couple nuthatches, and a hawk.

I only got a glimpse of the hawk through a window in the summit spruces, and the first thing I noticed was its sideburns, and I thought I might have one of only a few peregrines I’ve ever seen on the hill. Only later, after I took a close look at the photos (and then checked in with a bird ID expert pal) did I realize it was not a falcon at all. Turned out to be a Broad-winged Hawk—the commonest hawk in Beech Hill Preserve.

Still I neat sighting though. (So that’s why it was so quiet up there for a change!)

(Earlier, at home, I heard the Carolina Wren again. Love that sound.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:21 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. American Goldfinch** (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Tufted Titmouse**
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Gray Catbird
14. Cedar Waxwing
15. Chestnut-sided Warbler
16. American Redstart
17. Common Yellowthroat (v)
18. Broad-winged Hawk
19. Song Sparrow
20. American Robin
21. Herring Gull*
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
24. Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Elsewhere

25. Carolina Wren (v)
26. Northern Cardinal (v)
27. Mourning Dove

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

†First-of-year

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