5 February 2023

Vireo

Sunday, September 18th, 2022
Blue-headed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2022.
Blue-headed Vireo.

Another clear, breezy morning with a nice assortment of nervous birds. Among the several species up at the summit spruce grove, I spied a Blue-headed Vireo. It’s been weeks since I’ve seen one, months since I’ve heard them singing. This one must’ve been on its way south.

As, by the way, was a nice-sized flock of migrating Monarchs—most I’ve seen so far.

No hawks today, but dog and I did spook another woodcock.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:36 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Common Yellowthroat (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Blue Jay
4. Northern Flicker
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. American Goldfinch** (v)
7. American Robin
8. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. American Woodcock
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Gray Catbird (v)
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch
16. Blue-headed Vireo
17. Song Sparrow
18. Hermit Thrush
19. Osprey
20. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

21. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
American Red Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

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