24 June 2024

Firsts of Year

Sunday, April 9th, 2023

What a lovely morning! Clear and freezing to start, but not too much wind and warming fast. Two first-of-year species (Hermit Thrush and Brown-headed Cowbird), and a nice run-in with a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker doing its signature syncopated drumming on a particularly resonant trunk.

Harrier, bluebirds, robins, grouse, kinglet. Twenty-six species today—but those numbers will rise soon enough.

Every morning’s like a birthday.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:16 a.m. real time (7:16 DST), I hiked all trails—and then some.

1. Tufted Titmouse**
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Eastern Phoebe*
5. Brown Creeper
6. Blue Jay (v)
7. American Crow*
8. Northern Cardinal* (v)
9. American Robin*
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Hairy Woodpecker
12. Downy Woodpecker
13. White-breasted Nuthatch
14. Ruffed Grouse
15. Golden-crowned Kinglet
16. Pileated Woodpecker
17. Song Sparrow
18. Pine Siskin (v)
19. Red-winged Blackbird
20. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
21. Mourning Dove
22. Hermit Thrush
23. Brown-headed Cowbird
24. Red-breasted Nuthatch
25. Northern Harrier
26. Herring Gull

Elsewhere

27. Mallard (v)
28. Northern Flicker
29. Dark-eyed Junco

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

†First-of-year

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