30 May 2023

Late Summer

Sunday, September 11th, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 September 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

This morning’s early sky was thinly overcast with dappled clouds. A little humid, no wind. Rather quiet, bird-wise, for the most part—but they were still lurking in the leafy periphery and flapping soundlessly overhead.

Another Swainson’s Thrush (same bird?), a good-sized flock of robins, many chickadees, and a gang of roadside turkeys. Plus, a little family of Savannahs (my favorite sparrow).

In eleven days, it’ll be fall.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Gray Catbird
3. Cedar Waxwing
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. Song Sparrow
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Blue Jay**
9. American Goldfinch
10. American Robin
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch**
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
14. Brown Creeper (v)
15. Black-and-white Warbler
16. American Redstart
17. Red-eyed Vireo
18. Swainson’s Thrush
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Osprey
21. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
22. Wild Turkey*

Elsewhere

23. Northern Cardinal
24. Mourning Dove
25. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

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