24 June 2024

Lifting Fog

Friday, September 8th, 2023
Song Sparrow (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 August 2023.
Song Sparrow (juvie).

I didn’t expect to awaken to a foggy morning today, but there it was. The fog made for a cooler ascent for dog and me, however, and when it lifted—before too awful long—things warmed up pretty quickly. But every day is its own miracle, and the bird life will always surprise.

Notable, today, might be the fact that I had four woodpeckers on my list—a fourth of my final species count. Migratory birds are still gearing up for takeoff, clearly. It’ll be happening soon enough.

Can hardly wait.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:22 a.m. EST (8:22 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Gray Catbird**
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
4. Song Sparrow
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Northern Flicker
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Common Yellowthroat (v)
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)

Elsewhere

17. Herring Gull
18. Mourning Dove

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

†First-of-year

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