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Phoebe

Wednesday, April 5th, 2023
Eastern Phoebe (first of year), Rockport, Maine, 05 April 2023.
Eastern Phoebe (first of year).

This morning’s sky was overcast, and the air had wind and a chill. Becuase of those conditions, I didn’t expect many birds, but I was pleasantly wrong.

Most notable would be a pair of eagles flying over early on and the first chipmunk in a while and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker drumming down in the woods and a flushed woodcock. And then, back home, a first-of-year phoebe perched on a twig by the house, flicking its tail.

I had the distinct feeling today that spring migration is all wound up and ready to go. Looking forward to my hike with dog in the morning (after tonight’s rain).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:51 a.m. real time (7:51 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Song Sparrow* (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. Bald Eagle
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Herring Gull*
8. American Kestrel
9. Dark-eyed Junco* (v)
10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker† (v)
11. American Woodcock
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Downy Woodpecker* (v)
15. Northern Cardinal** (v)

Elsewhere

16. Wild Turkey
17. Mourning Dove
18. Eastern Phoebe†

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

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