28 February 2024

Jays

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023
Blue Jay, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 October 2023.
Blue Jay in the canopy.

Another bright, breezy fall morning—but a bit warmer than yesterday. The winds were still unfavorable, migration-wise, but birds were about. Three species in particular were active: chickadees, yellow-rumps, and jays.

The Blue Jays were especially vocal and traveled in little roving bands. I even heard one deliver a pretty accurate Broad-winged Hawk whistle.

Smart birds, jays (as are all corvids). I often wonder what’s on their minds.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:30 a.m. EST (8:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay**
2. Hairy Woodpecker
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Brown Creeper (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. White-throated Sparrow (v)
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

13. Northern Cardinal (v)
14. Herring Gull
15. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

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