28 February 2024

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Onward, thru the Fog!

Thursday, October 5th, 2023
White-crowned Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 October 2023.
White-crowned Sparrow.

Today dawned foggy. Very, very foggy. When dog and I started up the trailhead, it felt like we were wandering around in a cloud. Foggy, wet, calm—and yet surprisingly birdy for such conditions. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers still, along with bunches of chickadees in the woods.

Most notable was a solitary White-crowned Sparrow that had been chasing after a yellow-rump when it decided to stop and check the trail for seeds. I only see white-crowns at just about this time of year.

Onward!

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:58 a.m. EST (8:58 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. White-throated Sparrow (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. White-crowned Sparrow†
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Gray Catbird (v)
8. American Robin (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Blue Jay** (v)

Elsewhere

13. Northern Cardinal (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. Wild Turkey
16. Herring Gull
17. Rock Pigeon
18. Canada Goose (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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

†First-of-year

Shy Sparrow

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023
Glimpse of White-throated Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 October 2023.
Glimpse of White-throated Sparrow.

The past few mornings of hiking the hill with dog, I’ve heard the distinctive tseet! note of migrating White-throated Sparrows. I’ve had no good looks at white-throats—they mostly flit through leafy tangles, staying out of sight—but they’re always on the move this time of year.

Today, surprisingly, I had a chance glimpse of one along the wooded trail and managed a (not great) photo. Ta-da!!

You never know in early October. Wonder what we’ll encounter tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:39 a.m. EST (8:39 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
2. Eastern Bluebird (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
6. Blue Jay**
7. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Hermit Thrush
10. White-throated Sparrow**
11. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
12. Gray Catbird (v)
13. Song Sparrow
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. American Robin (v)

Elsewhere

16. Mallard
17. American Crow
18. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

Reptiles

Garter Snake

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

†First-of-year

Flitting Things

Sunday, October 1st, 2023
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 October 2023.
Black-capped Chickadee.

This morning dog and I hiked a calm, cool quiet, early autumn trail. Migration was going on—many yellow-rumps, a kinglet, White-throated Sparrows—but after four sweet days on an island, it felt mostly like being back amid close family.

Best family photo? A close-up of a resident chickadee.

[On our morning hike, I dropped my Garmin device. Didn’t notice till we got back to the truck. So in afternoon, I went back without Jack—and, by golly, someone had found it and left it on a bench at the hut. Added a raven.]

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:03 a.m. EST (9:03 DST) and again at 1:09 (2:09), I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Hermit Thrush
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Gray Catbird
10. Eastern Towhee (v)
11. Blue Jay** (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
16. Common Raven

Elsewhere

17. Mallard
18. Northern Cardinal (v)
19. Herring Gull
20. House Sparrow (v)

Reptiles

Garter Snake

(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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