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The Race is on

Saturday, August 20th, 2022
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 August 2022.
Alder Flycatcher.
Thrill of the Hill
Thrill of the Hill

Sunny and cool this morning, but warming pretty fast. Birds were active, but acting a little peculiarly—a little quieter, a little nervous, flitting about—which I attribute to early migratory urges. Then, as we approached the summit, I heard human voices up there. Turned out this was “Thrill of the Hill” race day.

A bunch of folks of all ages showed up for this annual fun(d)raiser—which was a real gas to observe.

Also fun to grab a decent photo of an Alder Flycatcher—usually shy to pose.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:10 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Ovenbird
3. Northern Cardinal** (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Gray Catbird
7. Eastern Wood-pewee
8. American Robin
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Common Loon (V)
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Red-bellied Woodpecker
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Black-and-white Warbler
16. Yellow Warbler
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Alder Flycatcher
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Yellow-rumped Warbler
22. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Barn Swallow
24. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
25. Tufted Titmouse (v)
26. Hermit Thrush


27. Carolina Wren (v)
28. Mourning Dove
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Herring Gull

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


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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