28 February 2024

State Bird

Monday, September 25th, 2023
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 September 2023.
Black-capped Chickadee.

This morning felt fall-like (which I guess makes sense, since it’s autumn): chilly, breezy, a little pungent, with a mostly blue sky above and a few fallen leaves below. Not many bird species today—although the Horned Lark was joined by another one today—and few numbers, just one or two of each.

Except for the Black-capped Chickadee. I saw and/or heard eight of those happy little year-round guys. Summer’s gone, but the chickadees are still out and about.

No wonder it’s Maine’s state bird.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:17 a.m. EST (8:17 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Northern Flicker (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
4. Common Raven (v)
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Horned Lark
7. Song Sparrow
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. Blue Jay**
10. Gray Catbird

Elsewhere

11. Wild Turkey
12. Mallard
13. Herring Gull
14. Northern Cardinal (v)

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

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