20 May 2024

Transitions

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 May 2023.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Two firsts-of-year this morning of changing atmospheres: a Gray Catbird, and a Black-and-white Warbler. Will be many more in days to come.

Weather-wise, the morning began overcast and lowery but ended with a half-blue sky and lovely light. Above, more Broad-winged Hawks moving through, and Turkey Vultures. Also a random vee of twenty Double-crested Cormorants (first-of-year birds at Beech Hill).

Crows and ravens and jays and many sparrows. Woodpeckers and finches and thrushes. I could possibly feel content if a day like this one repeated until the day I died.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m. real time (7:45 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Purple Finch**
2. Eastern Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Chipping Sparrow
5. Red-winged Blackbird** (v)
6. Eastern Bluebird (v)
7. Savannah Sparrow
8. American Crow*
9. Song Sparrow
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. American Goldfinch (v)
12. Field Sparrow (v)
13. Northern Cardinal** (v)
14. Common Raven
15. American Robin** (v)
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17. Herring Gull* (v)
18. Gray Catbird† (v)
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)
20. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
21. Downy Woodpecker (v)
22. Osprey (v)
23. Blue Jay (v)
24. Broad-winged Hawk
25. Turkey Vulture*
26. Double-crested Cormorant
27. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
28. Eastern Phoebe
29. Tree Swallow (v)
30. Black-and-white Warbler† (v)

Elsewhere

31. Wild Turkey
32. Mourning Dove
33. Mallard
34. House Sparrow (v)

Reptiles

Eastern Garter Snake

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

†First-of-year

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