14 April 2024


Tuesday, September 12th, 2023
Wilson’s Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 September 2023.
Wilson’s Warbler.

It rained for a while this morning, but the rain moved through in a relative hurry, leaving dog’s and my hiking hill cloaked in fog. A few birds made themselves known early—very few—but the excitement waited until we were following the muddy wooded trails.

As often happens, it started with the voices of chickadees, voices I pay attention to, considering they typically have travel with an entourage. And that was the case this morning. And among the species in the chickadees’ little posse flitted a single Wilson’s Warbler—the first Wilson’s I’ve seen since our return from Salt Lake City nearly a year and a half ago.

This was the second straight day with evidence of the start of fall migration.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:14 a.m. EST (8:14 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. Gray Catbird
3. Song Sparrow
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. American Goldfinch
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. Eastern Bluebird
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Hairy Woodpecker
11. Red-eyed Vireo
12. American Redstart
13. Wilson’s Warbler
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
17. Blue Jay


18. Carolina Wren
19. American Crow
20. Herring Gull
21. Rock Pigeon
22. Mallard

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


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