14 April 2024

Birdy Day

Saturday, October 1st, 2022
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 October 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Chilly again—upper 40s (F)—when we hit the trail, dog and I. Sunny at first, but an a thin layer of clouds overtook the sky before we’d hit the summit. Another birdy day.

Most notable were a Northern Harrier scanning the barrens for a good while, an American Kestrel perched on the highest spruce on the summit, and a Ruffed Grouse we flushed on our ascent. Also heard a raven, spied an osprey, encountered many, many Yellow-rumped Warblers.

I dearly love this time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:43 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. American Crow** (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Common Raven (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
10. Brown Creeper
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Red-eyed Vireo
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. American Robin*
15. Hermit Thrush
16. Gray Catbird (v)
17. Eastern Towhee (v)
18. Hairy Woodpecker
19. Ruffed Grouse
20. White-throated Sparrow (v)
21. Northern Harrier
22. Song Sparrow (v)
23. American Kestrel
24. American Goldfinch (v)
25. Osprey
26. Common Yellowthroat
27. Savannah Sparrow
28. Eastern Bluebird

Elsewhere

29. Carolina Wren (v)
30. Wild Turkey

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

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