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Friday, July 30th, 2010
Eastern towhee (juvenile), Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2010.

Eastern towhee (juvenile).

Got up before dawn this fine, fine morning to ride my bicycle up a hill in Northport. The first bird I heard was a pre-dawn robin. It was about 4 a.m.—barely any light had come to the sky. Then, during the climb, I heard thrushes and finches and doves.

Heard the same birds three hours later at Beech Hill.

Eastern chipmunk, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2010.

Eastern chipmunk.

Right out of the truck, in fact, I heard five species singing: vireo, chickadee, mourning dove, crow, towhee. The day had warmed but still felt cool, and the breeze was light, the air dry. I noticed far fewer deer flies during our ascent, Jack’s and mine. (They’d somehow multiplied upon our return.) Particularly noteworthy was the distinctive, sibilent tseet! of white-throated sparrows I heard sounding all over the hill. No full Sam Peabody-peabody! song—just tseet! All over the hill. And I even saw a couple flitting in the greenery. The species doesn’t seem this shy, in my experience, until their younguns leave the nest.

Speaking of sparrows, I heard and/or saw all five again today. However, there was a dearth of warblers—I listed only yellowthroat and yellow.

Odd sightings included a vocal osprey off in the valley toward the west and a bright male cardinal flying above the eastern slope.

The usual fledglings were flitting around—towhees, sparrows, waxwings. The only disappointment was a lack of decent photos—but it’d take a lot more than that to spoil this day.

Mushroom, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2010.


Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed vireo (voice)
2. Black-capped chickadee
3. Mourning dove (voice)
4. American crow
5. Eastern towhee
6. Gray catbird
7. Common yellowthroat (voice)
8. American robin
9. White-throated sparrow
10. American goldfinch
11. Cedar waxwing
12. Yellow warbler
13. Alder flycatcher
14. Herring gull
15. Field sparrow (voice)
16. Song sparrow
17. Northern flicker
18. Eastern phoebe
19. Savannah sparrow
20. Hermit thrush (voice)
21. Osprey
22. Chipping sparrow (voice)
23. Blue jay (voice)
24. Northern cardinal
25. Hairy woodpecker (voice)
26. Eastern wood-pewee (voice)
27. Black-throated green warbler (voice)


28. House sparrow
29. Rock pigeon
30. Turkey vulture

Beech Nut and moon, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2010.

Beech Nut and moon.

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