14 April 2024

Coming Out

Sunday, August 20th, 2023
Gray Catbird (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 August 2023.
Gray Catbird (juvie).

They grow up so fast! This year’s new bird crop, I mean. They’ve got to, of course—fall migration is right around the corner (a month or less away for most migratory species). And the young ’uns are starting to come out and introduce themselves to the wider world.

Today’s most cooperative juvie? A young catbird that posed long enough for a fairly decent portrait.

(Also, a Meadow Vole scrambled across the trail in front of dog and me.)

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

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Eastern Phoebe (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. Cedar Waxwing (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. Eastern Bluebird (v)
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. American Crow*
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Gray Catbird
16. Song Sparrow
17. Yellow Warbler
18. Common Yellowthroat** (v)

Elsewhere

19. Northern Cardinal (v)
20. Wild Turkey
21. Carolina Wren (v)
22. Mourning Dove

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

†First-of-year

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