22 July 2024

Sparrows

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023
Chipping Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 July 2023.
Chipping Sparrow.

A hazy sun was rising when dog and I arrived at the wooded trailhead this morning. I’d seen where the smoke from big wildfires in Canada might waft this way, and I’m pretty sure that’s the source of some of the haze that turned the sun orange. A very faint smell of smoke, perhaps (but nowhere near as strong as the smell of those western fires while we were in Utah).

Birds were about, though—many of them. Notable was a solitary hummingbird, a calling sapsucker, and a posing Chipping Sparrow. The chippy got me thinking about how thankful I am for the various sparrows I see nearly every day (my favorite being the Savannah Sparrow—don’t tell the others.

First-of-year goldenrod today, and fresh red sumac drupes. Less rain in the forecast, and warm temps. Summer on the coast of Maine.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:30 a.m. EST (7:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Eastern Phoebe
3. Black-throated Green Warbler
4. Ovenbird
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. Veery
7. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
8. American Goldfinch
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Blue Jay
12. White-breasted Nuthatch
13. Brown Creeper
14. Hermit Thrush
15. American Crow
16. Gray Catbird
17. Eastern Towhee
18. Common Yellowthroat
19. Chestnut-sided Warbler
20. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
21. Song Sparrow
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Yellow Warbler
24. Field Sparrow
25. Tree Swallow
26. Savannah Sparrow
27. Mourning Dove
28. Northern Cardinal
29. Cedar Waxwing
30. Eastern Bluebird
31. American Robin
32. Downy Woodpecker
33. Black-and-white Warbler
34. American Redstart
35. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

36. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

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