26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘Ameican crow’

Firsts-of-year

Thursday, May 12th, 2022
Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 May 2022.
Gray Catbird.

Had a good sleep and awoke to a semi-foggy yet rather warm morning. Checked online and found that the overnight wind direction was south. Decided 12 May might be an auspicious day.

And, by golly, it sorta was: most species in Maine so far, along with four first-of-year birds—and ten warblers total. (Three of the warblers were first of year.) Also got my first photo of a catbird, which was something of a thrill. We also surprised a White-tailed Deer down the lower wooded trail, and I got to watch how they fly in great bounds through the understory (unlike the Mule Deers’ funny hop through the scrub.

Back home, had another few nice looks—including a turkey in the west yard. Plus, as a find bonus, I rode more than eight miles on my bicycle (first ride since I lived here last—lovely).

All in all, a very nice day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird**
2. Black-and-white Warbler**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler**
4. Pine Warbler**
5. Northern Parula**
6. American Goldfinch
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Chestnut-sided Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Blue Jay
12. Gray Catbird
13. American Crow*
14. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
15. Nashville Warbler† (v)
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Song Sparrow
18. Rose-breasted Grosbeak†
19. Common Yellowthroat†
20. American Robin
21. Chipping Sparrow**
22. Northern Cardinal*
23. Eastern Phoebe*
24. Osprey
25. Broad-winged Hawk*
26. Hermit Thrush (v)
27. Field Sparrow
28. White-throated Sparrow
29. Turkey Vulture
30. Palm Warbler
31. American Redstart†
32. Red-winged Blackbird
33. White-breasted Nuthatch
34. Herring Gull*
35. Blue-headed Vireo

Elsewhere

36. Wild Turkey
37. Mourning Dove
38. European Starling
39. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

White-tailed Deer

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

†First-of-year

 
Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson



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