24 June 2024

Swallows

Monday, August 7th, 2023
Tree Swallows (and one Barn Swallow), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 August 2023.
Tree Swallows (and one Barn Swallow).

The day began with a hazy sun and an overcast on the way. A different day from yesterday, in part on account of a fly hatch. At the tips of the summit spruce grove, flies attracted many (mostly young) Tree Swallows—and one Barn Swallow tagged along.

Farther down the hill, a similar hatch lured a big flock of waxwings to the tops of some small trailside hardwoods. The birds were in waxwing heaven.

Tomorrow the rain will come. Dog and I will get wet for sure. Don’t mind.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:01 a.m. EST (8:01 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. American Goldfinch
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Brown Creeper (v)
9. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. Gray Catbird
12. Tree Swallow
13. Barn Swallow
14. American Robin*
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. American Crow*
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Song Sparrow**
19. Chipping Sparrow
20. Purple Finch
21. Alder Flycatcher (v)
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Tufted Titmouse (v)
25. Black-and-white Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

26. Northern Cardinal (v)
27. Herring Gull
28. Wild Turkey
29. Mourning Dove
30. Rock Pigeon

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

†First-of-year

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