22 July 2024

Cool Overcast

Tuesday, June 6th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 June 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

I do love an overcast day. I love a sunny day, too, of course—but a cool overcast like this morning’s makes for a luscious change-of-pace. Just the feeling of a protective roof over your head, preventing you from astral projection into the endlessness of space. Or something like that.

Anyway, dog and I had a real nice hike, with some pretty cool birds, to boot. Most notably, we flushed two American Woodcocks, and the cry of a Blue Jay alerted me to a Broad-winged Hawk flyby. Even got a teeny little glimpse of a singing male Scarlet Tanager way up in the leafy green canopy.

Was supposed to be raining during our usual hike time, but no—and apparently won’t be tomorrow either. But the forecast calls for another sweetly cloudy morn.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. sun time (8:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Eastern Phoebe
3. Song Sparrow**
4. American Redstart** (v)
5. Ovenbird**
6. Black-and-white Warbler
7. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
9. Black-throated Green Warbler** (v)
10. Blue Jay
11. Eastern Towhee**
12. Veery (v)
13. Scarlet Tanager
14. Broad-winged Hawk
15. Gray Catbird**
16. American Woodcock
17. Common Yellowthroat (v)
18. Alder Flycatcher (v)
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)
20. Turkey Vulture
21. Field Sparrow
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Eastern Bluebird
24. American Crow*
25. American Goldfinch** (v)
26. Northern Cardinal* (v)
27. Black-capped Chickadee
28. Hermit Thrush (v)


29. Mallard
30. Herring Gull

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


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