28 February 2024

Yellowthroat

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023
Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 May 2023.
Common Yellowthroat.

Another Beech Hill hike without Jack-my-dog (again we walked from the house to the Wellness Trail later), which still seems extremely weird. However, a little excitement on the hill. For one thing, I counted thirty-six species today.

In reviewing this total later, I realized I’d skipped a number. However, I happened upon a blurry photo, quickly snapped, that showed a bird I could not identify. Checked with an expert ID friend, who pronounced it a female Indigo Bunting. Also got nice pics of a yellowthroat for a change and encountered a Snowshoe Hare.

Another sunny one forecast for tomorrow, but rain’s gonna come this weekend—and continue all the following week. (Frankly, we can use it.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:00 a.m. sun time (7:00 DST), I hiked all trails, and then some.

1. Red-eyed Vireo**
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe
5. Veery (v)
6. American Redstart* (v)
7. Blue Jay** (v)
8. American Goldfinch
9. Mourning Dove (v)
10. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
11. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
12. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
13. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
14. Pileated Woodpecker
15. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Eastern Towhee**
20. Common Yellowthroat**
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. Gray Catbird*
24. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
25. Yellow Warbler**
26. Song Sparrow**
27. Indigo Bunting†
28. Chipping Sparrow**
29. American Crow*
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
32. Scarlet Tanager (v)
33. American Robin* (v)
34. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
35. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
36. Brown-headed Cowbird

Elsewhere

37. Mallard
38. Carolina Wren (v)
39. Herring Gull
40. Osprey (v)

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

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

†First-of-year

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