28 February 2024

Drippy Morn

Friday, August 18th, 2023
Eastern Towhee (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 August 2023.
Eastern Towhee (juvie).

Yesterday’s forecast called for showers. This morning’s called for an overcast. Reality proved a combination of each—foggy, misty, drippy. My hike with dog started out very quiet, but over time a few bird voices piped up, and then I caught sight of flittings in the understory, and eventually I heard the loud calls of two woodpecker species.

A highlight was a near approach by a white-tail, who must’ve sensed our presence a few yards away, so turned, galloped invisibly through the drippy tangles, giving out a couple of husky calls of alarm.

Photography turned out a challenging pursuit, so you’ll have to settle for a random pic of a juvenile delinquent towhee.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:09 a.m. EST (8:09 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. Song Sparrow
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Gray Catbird
5. Common Yellowthroat (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
8. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse
10. Black-throated Green Warbler
11. Eastern Wood-pewee
12. Blue Jay (v)
13. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
14. Downy Woodpecker (v)
15. American Crow*
16. Yellow Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

17. Mourning Dove
18. Herring Gull

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

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