28 February 2024

Certainty of Spring

Monday, March 27th, 2023
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 March 2023.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

This morning dawned mostly clear with light winds and temperatures right around freezing. What with the sun’s brightness, I had hopes of some decent photos for a change—and I got a few.

Notable was a singing Brown Creeper right by the wooded trailhead. Also singing were chickadees, robins, titmice, Song Sparrows, and bluebirds. The bluebirds were apparently laying claim to a couple of bird boxes, and a yellow-rump posed nearby for photos.

Every day lately has affirmed the certainty of spring. I do love this wet, moist, liquid time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:43 a.m. sun time (7:43 dumb time), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. Brown Creeper
4. White-breasted Nuthatch
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. American Crow*
7. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Mallard*
10. Downy Woodpecker** (v)
11. American Goldfinch**
12. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
13. American Robin**
14. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
15. Herring Gull* (v)
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Song Sparrow**
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

20. Mourning Dove
21. Wild Turkey

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

†First-of-year

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