24 March 2023


Monday, October 3rd, 2022
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 October 2022.
Brown Creeper.

Yet nippier this morning under clear blue skies. Slight breeze. Quiet in the woodlands—but birds were flitting about in the trees’ still-clinging leaves. But this is the season of low-key migration. Birds moving urgently over and through the landscape, but keenly aware of the dangers. You have to use your eyes as well as your ears.

Notable were the scores of Yellow-rumped Warblers moving through—by far the most abundant species. (And the only warbler.) Also, a pair of ravens flew over. Two nuthatch species. A couple bluebirds.

Perhaps it is my favorite season because of the subtlety—the lurking about, the laying low. Fall birding is a fun challenge, and a rewarding one.

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

1. Yellow-rumped Warbler
2. American Goldfinch
3. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. Common Raven
6. American Robin
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Gray Catbird (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Brown Creeper
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. White-throated Sparrow
15. Dark-eyed Junco
16. Northern Flicker
17. Purple Finch
18. Eastern Bluebird (v)
19. Song Sparrow
20. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
21. Tufted Titmouse (v)
22. Red-eyed Vireo


23. Herring Gull
24. Northern Cardinal (v)


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


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