24 June 2024

Mouthfuls

Wednesday, July 5th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 July 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler (male).

A warm and sunny morning for a change, leading to a warmer late morning and midday. During my daily hike with dog, it seemed everywhere I looked I saw birds with bills full of insects. Hungry fledglings all over the place.

Plenty of birds were singing, also, voicing their territorial claims. A particular Black-and-white Warbler stopped singing and posed for a photo.

Warm again tomorrow, so they say. I expect similar bird behavior on the hill.

(In late afternoon, I hiked with a friend up Ragged Mountain and heard the hoots of a Barred Owl.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:01 a.m. EST (7:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

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

Elsewhere

36. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
37. Herring Gull
38. Chipping Sparrow (v)
39. Barred Owl (v)

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

†First-of-year

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