I have a favorite sparrow. It’s the Savannah Sparrow. Ever since I first heard its high-pitched, insect-like trill with a little hiccup at the end, I kind of fell for the bird. Also, I got to recognizing its chip note. And its tendency to perch atop a low trailside bush to warn its fledglings that humans were about. I have bunches of photos of the species. Even a few videos.
This lovely cool, birdy morning, I encountered a couple of Savannah’s—including one perched on a low trailside bush, warning the young ’uns to keep quiet for a bit before enjoying a little morsel for brunch.
Thirty-seven species this morning. Fun hike with dog.
Beech Hill List Beginning at 7:36 a.m., I hiked most trails.
Cooler and damper after yesterday’s rain, sunny with a bit of a breeze. I truly had no expectations, just figured I’d hear and/or see a few birds, maybe learn a thing or two.
And I did—both. Notably, I heard/saw a Least Flycatcher, and spied a Red Crossbill (fem./imm.—first I’ve seen on the hill) high on a spruce at the summit and, in the woods toward the end of our hike, I heard two species of tanager.
First was a Scarlet Tanager, which I hunted for up in the leafy canopy but could not get a look at. Finally I spotted the bird apparently being chased by another tanager. And then I heard the voice of the other tanager—a Summer Tanager. Couldn’t get a good bead on that one, either, although I did watch it fly away
I’ll be keeping my eye peeled for tanagers going forward.
Beech Hill List Beginning at 7:22 a.m., I hiked most trails.
1. Song Sparrow** 2. Ovenbird 3. Red-eyed Vireo** 4. Black-throated Green Warbler (v) 5. Veery 6. Gray Catbird 7. Chestnut-sided Warbler 8. Eastern Towhee 9. Common Yellowthroat 10. American Crow* 11. American Goldfinch** 12. Black-and-white Warbler 13. Black-capped Chickadee** 14. Field Sparrow 15. Alder Flycatcher (v) 16. Yellow Warbler 19. Cedar Waxwing 20. Red Crossbill† 21. Purple Finch 22. American Robin* 23. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v) 24. Prairie Warbler 25. Least Flycatcher 26. Tufted Titmouse (v) 27. Herring Gull* 28. Broad-winged Hawk 29. Hermit Thrush (v) 30. Pileated Woodpecker (v) 31. Eastern Wood-pewee 32. Scarlet Tanager (v) 33. Summer Tanager (v)
34. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
(v) Voice only *Also elsewhere **Voice only elsewhere †First-of-year