21 February 2024

Mixing It Up

Monday, May 29th, 2023

Captain Jack, age 15, has been limping a little (front foot), so I made the hard decision to let him sit out this morning’s hike for the first time in years. A very hard decision.

Memorial Day was sunny and cool and breezy, and people were out and about, and so were birds. Most notable was probably the individual Cedar Waxwing I spied at the summit. Only the second waxwing sighting of the year—although more will show up in summer for the annual fly hatch up there.

Felt bad that dog didn’t get a hike, and a friend suggested a short trail near the house, which we three hiked in afternoon. Jack liked the new smells. We’ll do more of that going forward, for sure.

Supposed to start warming up again. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:08 a.m. sun time (7:08 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo*
2. Ovenbird**
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
6. Veery
7. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
8. Eastern Towhee**
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. Northern Flicker** (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. Northern Cardinal** (v)
13. American Robin
14. Tufted Titmouse
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)
16. American Crow*
17. Black-and-white Warbler
18. Field Sparrow
19. Common Yellowthroat
20. Yellow Warbler** (v)
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Song Sparrow**
23. Cedar Waxwing
24. Eastern Bluebird
25. Chipping Sparrow*
26. Double-crested Cormorant
27. Gray Catbird* (v)
28. Brown-headed Cowbird
29. American Redstart* (v)
30. Least Flycatcher (v)
31. Savannah Sparrow (v)
32. American Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

33. Mallard
34. Herring Gull
35. Laughing Gull (v)
36. Broad-tailed Hawk
37. Carolina Wren (v)
38. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)

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

†First-of-year

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