22 July 2024

Sweet Spring

Saturday, April 8th, 2023
Gray ghost (male Northern Harrier), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 April 2023.
Gray ghost (male Northern Harrier).

A nearly cloudless sky this morning, with temperatures below freezing to start. The trails weren’t muddy headed up the hill, but a bit greasy headed down. In the interim, I managed to spy two dozen bird species—and get a single photo of a gray ghost. That right there sorta made my day.

But it was also nice to run into human and dog friends, and to see that the Beech Nut phoebe has returned. (Another eagle today also.)

Wonder what Easter Sunday will bring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:18 a.m. real time (7:18 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
2. Brown Creeper
3. American Goldfinch**
4. American Crow*
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Northern Cardinal** (v)
8. Eastern Bluebird
9. Blue Jay** (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. American Robin*
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Song Sparrow**
14. Eastern Phoebe**
15. Hairy Woodpecker
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17 Northern Harrier
18. Herring Gull*
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Bald Eagle
21. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
22. Common Raven
23. Common Grackle
24. Ruffed Grouse (drumming)

Elsewhere

25. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)

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

†First-of-year

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