24 June 2024

Variety

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023
Cape May Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 September 2023.
Cape May Warbler.

It was a warm one. Starting up the trail early, dog and I “enjoyed” a sort of humid room temperature. Once we got out of the shade, the air got summertime-warm in a hurry. Still, what a nice hike.

Mainly because of the variety of bird life. A vireo posed. So did a Broad-winged Hawk and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Most interestingly, a young Cape May Warbler perched high in a summit spruce and might as well have begged to have his picture took—one of very few of the species I’ve seen up there.

In afternoon, I rode around on my bicycle in 80-something-degree (F) temperatures. Seems we get us a variety of weather around here, too.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:45 a.m. EST (7:45 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Blue Jay
4. Gray Catbird
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Broad-winged Hawk
8. American Crow* (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Eastern Towhee (v)
11. Song Sparrow
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
14. Cape May Warbler†
15. American Goldfinch
16. Downy Woodpecker (v)
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

19. Carolina Wren
20. Herring Gull
21. Wild Turkey

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

†First-of-year

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