22 July 2024

F-f-fog?

Friday, June 30th, 2023
White-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2023.
White-breasted Nuthatch.

Another foggy morning. How many is that in a row for dog and me? Five? Seven? Eight? And each morning’s atmosphere seems thicker than the last.

However, I’ve managed, somehow, to keep a decent species list all those days. And get a few bird photos. Most noteworthy today was the sound, in the foggy woodland, of a Pine Warbler. Also a pair of nuthatch species for a change. And the Northern Parula’s still hanging around down by the road.

So unhappy about the spread of beech leaf disease on Beech Hill, meanwhile. This blight came on suddenly and things don’t look good. But Nature’s always changing things, so who knows.

More fog tomorrow? Who knows?

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:15 a.m. EST (8:15 DST), I hiked all trails.

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

Elsewhere

34. Mallard
35. Osprey (v)
36. European Starling

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

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