14 April 2024

August Warblers

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 August 2023.
Ovenbird.

The sun emerged this morning first thing, but the air remained nighttime-cool. I almost smelled a nip of fall in the air—but not quite. And it warmed up a lot as the day lengthened.

The excitement of the day—other than the random appearance of a kestrel—turned out to be a little batch of silent warblers. Their silence has persisted for a good while now, but sighting them has been a challenge, what with the tendency of most to stick to the leafy canopy. But I managed four on my list this morning (and photographed three).

Weather-wise, tomorrow’s supposed to be a similar kind of day. Hmmm…

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:13 a.m. EST (8:13 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. American Goldfinch
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. Eastern Wood-pewee** (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. American Crow*
8. Black-throated Green Warbler
9. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
10. Ovenbird
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. Gray Catbird
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Song Sparrow
18. American Kestrel

Elsewhere

19. Mourning Dove
20. Wild Turkey
21. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

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