17 April 2024

Sparrows in the Rain

Monday, October 24th, 2022
Dark-eyed Junco, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 October 2022.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Rain overnight continued into early morning, but dog and I were not to be denied. The weather radar showed a break about mid-morning, so we headed up to what turned out to be a damp and misty hill.

Still a lot of fun, though. Plenty of smells for Jack to enjoy, and I listed a dozen bird species—many of them sparrows. Juncos, white-crowneds, songs, swamps, white-throats. Yellow-rumps, of course, and a flicker, and a cardinal and kinglet down by the road.

We got pretty good and wet, but that’s all part of the fun. Especially since I managed to keep my camera dry.

More rain tonight, but it should ease up in the morning, when we’ll be joined in our fun by a friend.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:50 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Northern Cardinal**
4. Song Sparrow
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. White-crowned Sparrow
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. White-throated Sparrow (v)
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Northern Flicker
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Swamp Sparrow

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

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