14 April 2024

Distant Thunder

Saturday, July 15th, 2023
Veery (singing), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 July 2023.
Veery (singing).

In the cool 60s (F) this morning, with another low layer of fog obscuring things. Soon after Captain Jack and I began our ascent (via the main trail) a light rain began to fall. It didn’t rain for long—but we remained wet while walking through that cloud.

Quite a few birds species, nevertheless—among them a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak with a couple of moths in its beak. A singing Veery also posed, but it’s hard to get an award-winning photo in such dark, dim, gray conditions.

Down on the wooded trail, I heard distant thunder and figured we’d better pick up our pace. But after a few more rumbles, the thunder stopped, and it began to rain lightly again as we descended.

I suppose the thunder was a preview of what’s forecast for tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:12 a.m. EST (8:12 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Mourning Dove
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. American Robin
5. Song Sparrow
6. Northern Cardinal
7. American Crow
8. American Goldfinch
9. Ovenbird
10. Black-throated Green Warbler
11. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Gray Catbird
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Northern Parula
17. Blue Jay
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Hermit Thrush
22. Eastern Wood-pewee
23. White-breasted Nuthatch
24. Veery
25. American Redstart
26. Black-and-white Warbler
27. Northern Flicker
28. Brown Creeper

Elsewhere

29. Rock Pigeon
30. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

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