28 February 2024

Deep Spring

Tuesday, May 30th, 2023
Crow in the blueberries, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 May 2023.
Crow in the blueberries.

Another two-hike day: one for me (Beech Hill) and one for Jack (the Wellness Trail). That’s a load of steps for me, but an easier time of it for my good ol’ dog. Good birds in both places—leafy green in deep spring—but my list here will stick to the Beech Hill hike.

Firsts-of-year are likely over with this spring—a thing that’s seemed to happen a little early (perhaps even earlier than last year)—but plenty of busy, territorial, shy, musical avian species.

Supposed to be a warmer one tomorrow. It’s exciting not to know what surprises will come.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:37 a.m. sun time (7:37 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

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

Elsewhere

36. Mallard
37. Herring Gull
38. Laughing Gull (v)
39. Carolina Wren (v)
40. Pine Warbler

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

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