22 September 2023


Sunday, June 4th, 2023
Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 June 2023.
Common Yellowthroat in the rain.

Was supposed to rain today, and it did. Waited a couple three hours until a little letup occurred, then dog and I hit the main trail. As expected, we got a little wet.

Also as expected, I ended up with few birds on my list. This rainy stretch comes from a sort of spring mini–nor’easter swirling out over the bay, and the wind was whipping through the trees. Many species were quiet—didn’t hear a single Red-eyed Vireo!—and I decided not to hike far into the woods.

But it felt good to get out there in the nippy (mid-40s (F)), moist, breezy air. I like a change of pace—even if the change is gonna last a while….

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:43 a.m. sun time (10:43 DST), I hiked the main trail, plus.

1. Herring Gull*
2. Eastern Phoebe
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Ovenbird (v)
5. American Redstart* (v)
6. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
7. Mourning Dove** (v)
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. American Robin (v)
16. Yellow Warbler (v)
17. Gray Catbird** (v)


18. Mallard
19. American Crow

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


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