Had a late-morning hike with dog today on account of his introductory visit with the new vet. Rained earlier, but by the time we hit the trail, the sun had come out. And so had the people. And the birds.
Had a couple nice, interesting chats. Led a quick tour of Beech Nut. Photographed coasting schooners. And came upon a first-of-year pair of kingbirds. Also hawk and vulture and pair of ospreys, but the kingbirds— fluttering about in the spruce grove on the summit—kind of took the cake.
Still a few resident species I haven’t yet heard or seen (e.g., Black-throated Blue Warbler), though, which gives me hope for the near future.
Beech Hill List Beginning at 10:52 a.m., I hiked all trails.
1. Red-eyed Vireo** 2. Song Sparrow** 3. Ovenbird** 4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v) 5. Common Yellowthroat (v) 6. American Crow* (v) 7. Veery (v) 8. American Goldfinch 9. American Redstart (v) 10. Chestnut-sided Warbler** 11. Tufted Titmouse (v) 12. Gray Catbird 13. Eastern Towhee 14. Alder Flycatcher 15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v) 16. Field Sparrow 17. Yellow Warbler 18. Blue Jay (v) 19. Tree Swallow 20. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v) 21. Eastern Kingbird† 22. Turkey Vulture 23. Prairie Warbler (v) 24. Broad-winged Hawk 25. Eastern Bluebird 26. House Wren 27. Eastern Phoebe 28. Chipping Sparrow (v) 29. Purple Finch 30. Nashville Warbler (v) 31. Osprey 32. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
(v) Voice only *Also elsewhere **Voice only elsewhere †First-of-year
Late hike this morning, thanks to some rain. In the rain’s wake, the birds emerged, the flowers opened—and, eventually, the sun came out. But that was long after dog and I had hiked all Beech Hill trails.
Beech Hill List Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.
1. Ovenbird** (v) 2. Red-eyed Vireo** (v) 3. Black-and-white Warbler 4. Common Yellowthroat** 5. Black-throated Green Warbler (v) 6. Veery (v) 7. Chestnut-sided Warbler** 8. Eastern Wood-pewee 9. Gray Catbird 10. Black-capped Chickadee 11. Nashville Warbler 12. American Goldfinch (v) 13. Eastern Towhee 14. Alder Flycatcher 15. Blue Jay** (v) 16. American Crow* 17. Great Crested Flycatcher (v) 18. American Redstart (v) 19. Song Sparrow** 20. Yellow Warbler 21. Herring Gull* 22. Eastern Phoebe* 23. Chipping Sparrow* 24. Common Raven 25. Tree Swallow 26. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v) 27. Tufted Titmouse (v) 28. American Robin 29. Eastern Kingbird 30. Mourning Dove* 31. Purple Finch (v) 32. Brown-headed Cowbird (v) 33. Hermit Thrush (v) 34. Least Flycatcher (v) 35. Hairy Woodpecker (v) 36. Northern Cardinal** (v)
37. Wild Turkey
v = Voice only *Also elsewhere **Voice only elsewhere