30 November 2023

Lovely Overcast Morn

Tuesday, March 28th, 2023
Chatty chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 March 2023.
Chatty chickadee.

An overcast morning with temps a bit above freezing and a smattering of drizzle and flurries. But despite the weather, many bird species made themselves heard before we’d proceeded a hundred yards or so up the trail. Over time, the numbers declined—and I broke me multi-day streak of 19 spp. (18 today)—but still a nice day of hiking and birding and being outside.

Notable might’ve been a grackle flyover and a Killdeer flyover (two), but otherwise no firsts-of-year today. Those will come soon enough, though.

Tomorrow will be sun.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7 a.m. sun time (8 stupid DST), I hiked all trails.

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


19. Mourning Dove
20. House Sparrow (v)
21. Hairy Woodpecker


Eastern Chimpunk

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


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