24 June 2024

The Need to Feed

Thursday, July 27th, 2023
American Robin (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 July 2023.
American Robin (juvie).

A gray overcast greeted dog and me as we headed over to the wooded trailhead. Warm but not too warm, humid but just the right amount of humidity. However, the woods were very quiet. Was this because of the barometric pressure? The overcast? The humidity? The time of year? Or did the quiet have something to do with all the new young birds flitting around in the thick foliage?

I’m thinking a combination of factors. but certainly the need to feed had something to do with it. All told, fewer birds than in many recent weeks, but a few bother to pose for photos—among them a juvie robin.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:56 a.m. EST (7:56 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Gray Catbird
10. American Robin*
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Alder Flycatcher (v)
13. Song Sparrow*
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Mourning Dove*
16. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
17. Yellow Warbler (v)
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Cedar Waxwing (v)
20. Chestnut-sided Warbler
21. Downy Woodpecker
22. Eastern Phoebe


23. Herring Gull
24. Wild Turkey

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


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