Tea Time

photographs, video, and text by Brian Willson

Eastern Towhee

The towhees were singing this morning at Beech Hill. “Drink your tea!” all over the place. I put together a little video.

I also got a look (or listen) at three first-of-year species—including a Black-throated Green warbler, which was wholly unexpected and seemed kind of early, actually. Third warbler of the season.

Also got a nice look at a raven. Noticed a Great Blue Heron flying over only because it flashed a little shadow as it passed between me and the sun.

Sunny, a little breezy, warmer than it’s been in a while. I even went on an eighteen-mile bicycle ride this afternoon.

Also a first of the year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
2. American Robin
3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
4. Bue Jay (v)
5. American Goldfinch** (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Red-winged Blackbird
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Mourning Dove* (v)
10. White-throated Sparrow
11. Greater Yellowlegs† (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Song Sparrow**
14. American Crow*
15. Herring Gull*
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Northern Cardinal** (v)
18. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
19. Tree Swallow
20. Northern Flicker** (v)
21. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
22. Great Blue Heron†
23. Savannah Sparrow
24. Common Raven
25. Downy Woodpecker
26. Pine Warbler (v)
27. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
28. Black-throated Green Warbler† (v)
29. Osprey

Elsewhere

30. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
30. House Sparrow (v)
31. Rock Pigeon
32. Canada Goose

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Yellow-rumped Warbler