30 May 2023

Mud Season

Wednesday, March 29th, 2023
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 March 2023.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Red-tailed Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 March 2023.
Red-tailed Hawk.

What a morning. Nippier than yesterday but much brighter, and with a wide array of bird species. In fact, after five or six days of eighteen or nineteen (mostly nineteen) spp. on my list, today I ended up with twenty-one. (Was happy enough to have had twenty, until I looked at photos this evening and saw one of a raven.)

Captain Jack and I had fun. Didn’t meet anyone else on the trail until we’d nearly finished our round-trip. Highlights for me were the pair of harriers, the pair of red-tails, a posting yellow-rump, and more.

March is about over. Mud Season is nearly here. Soon I’ll be able to report many more firsts-of-year.

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

1. Tufted Titmouse
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Downy Woodpecker
5. American Goldfinch
6. American Crow
7. Pileated Woodpecker
8. Brown Creeper
9. Herring Gull
10. American Robin
11. Red-winged Blackbird
12. Northern Cardinal
13. Blue Jay
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Song Sparrow
16. Northern Harrier
17. Eastern Bluebird
18. Red-tailed Hawk
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch
20. Common Raven
21. Hairy Woodpecker


22. Mallard
23. Wild Turkey

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


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