30 September 2022

Farewell Summer

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022
Pileated Woodpecker (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2022.
Pileated Woodpecker (male).

Sometime overnight the clouds dispersed, making this last summer day a sunny one. Also chilly, but in a good way. Rather quiet overall—but one of the first bird species to appear provided some early excitement.

A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, tearing into a birch near the trailhead. They were excavating the heck out of that thing. And they had a couple exciting interactions, when the dominant bird chased the other around the tree a few times until it flew off to a new trunk nearby.

Three other woodpecker species, a couple of corvids, and a bunch of the usual suspects rounded out my last-day-of-summer list.

Bring it on, sweet autumn!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:38 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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


18. Rock Pigeon
19. Herring Gull
20. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


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