Again a chillier morning than the one before, but bright again, with less wind. My ol’ dog didn’t want to get out of the truck at first for some reason, but I finally coaxed him out and he had his usual fine time.
We didn’t end up hiking all trails today, but—as you might expect in late-May—those we did were hopping with birds. No firsts-of-year, but spied a few nice warblers and an osprey circling above the canopy. Enjoyed time again with our friend hikers, human and canine.
Tomorrow’s supposed to get into the 70s. Looking forward to finding out what’s up there.
Beech Hill List Beginning at 6:45 p.m. sun time (7:45 DST), I hiked most trails.
1. Red-eyed Vireo** 2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v) 3. Tufted Titmouse (v) 4. Ovenbird** 5. Chestnut-sided Warbler** 6. American Redstart** (v) 7. Eastern Phoebe* 8. Blue Jay (v) 9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v) 10. Black-throated Green Warbler (v) 11. Brown Creeper (v) 12. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming) 13. American Goldfinch 14. Hermit Thrush (v) 15. Black-capped Chickadee** 16. Black-and-white Warbler 17. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v) 18. Eastern Towhee 19. Magnolia Warbler 20. Osprey 21. Hairy Woodpecker (v) 22. Gray Catbird (v) 23. Veery 24. Common Yellowthroat** (v) 25. Song Sparrow (v) 26. Field Sparrow (v) 27. American Crow (v) 28. Northern Flicker (v) 29. Least Flycatcher (v) 30. Chipping Sparrow 31. American Robin (v) 32. Common Loon (v) 33. Wood Thrush (v) 34. Northern Cardinal** (v)
35. Pine Warbler 35. Mourning Dove
(v) Voice only *Also elsewhere **Voice only elsewhere †First-of-year
Cool and clear, as yesterday, but breezier this morning. Dog and I met up with dog and human friends for our hike, which was a fun thing. I might not have paid as close attention to the birds as usual, but I did end up with a lot of species on my list—and got a nice close photo of a Chipping Sparrow.
Chippies nest at the summit and down by Beech Hill Road. They’re one of a half-dozen sparrows I encounter regularly on the hill, but they don’t seem as bothered by humans as most. (Although Savannah Sparrows will come near once they’ve got an active nest.) They’re wee little birds, and I like ’em a lot.
Another noteworthy occurrence: I watched a catbird chase a red squirrel down from a tree trunk. Never seen that before. But every day I see things I’ve never seen before.
Rain overnight. We shall see how that changes things in the morning.
Beech Hill List Beginning at 6:18 p.m. sun time (7:18 DST), I hiked all trails.
1. White-breasted Nuthatch** 2. Red-eyed Vireo 3. Ovenbird** 4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v) 5. American Redstart** (v) 6. Blue Jay 7. Gray Catbird** 8. Black-capped Chickadee (v) 9. Black-and-white Warbler (v) 10. Brown Creeper 11. Veery 12. Eastern Towhee 13. Wood Thrush (v) 14. Hairy Woodpecker (v) 15. American Goldfinch (v) 16. Tufted Titmouse (v) 17. Chestnut-sided Warbler** 18. Scarlet Tanager (v) 19. Eastern Wood-pewee (v) 20. Common Yellowthroat (v) 21. Yellow Warbler (v) 22. Field Sparrow (v) 23. Song Sparrow** 24. American Robin (v) 25. Chipping Sparrow 26. American Crow* 27. Red-winged Blackbird (v) 28. Northern Cardinal (v) 29. Eastern Bluebird 30. Tree Swallow 31. Eastern Phoebe
Another sunny morn, a bit chillier than yesterday but with less wind. And another slow start up the wooded trail—and, yes, another surpringly nice batch of spring birds.
Most noteworthy were two first-of-year Eastern Kingbirds hanging about in the blueberry barrens, catching flies. A total of forty-three species was also nice. And the very last bird of the day: a Broad-winged Hawk in the woods, staring down the photographer.
Beech Hill List Beginning at 6:31 p.m. sun time (7:31 DST), I hiked all trails.