28 February 2024

Fun in the Rain

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023
Red-eyed Vireo juvies, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 August 2023.
Red-eyed Vireo juvies.

Was supposed to be rainy this morning, but it was only overcast, to start. Despite the wetness, dog and I encountered more bird species than the past couple-three hikes. Quiet though it was, I saw but a small percentage of ’em; the rest I heard. Noteworthy was the voice of a Great Crested Flycatcher— and the same Pileated Woodpecker I heard yesterday when we arrived.

Later, in a light rain, we came upon a little family of vireos flitting about in the canopy, an adult scrambling to feed a few rather demanding young ’uns. Even got a half-way decent photo, as proof.

Tomorrow’s supposed to be sunny, breezy, and cool.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:06 a.m. EST (8:06 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Gray Catbird
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Mourning Dove* (v)
6. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Song Sparrow
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Cedar Waxwing (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
13. American Crow* (v)
14. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
15. Red-eyed Vireo
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. Eastern Bluebird
18. Downy Woodpecker (v)
19. Herring Gull (v)

Elsewhere

20. Northern Cardinal (v)

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

†First-of-year

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