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Archive for November, 2011

Burnt orange

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 November 2011.

Northern Harrier.

Overnight, rain came. But not a cold rain, as you might expect on the last day of November in Maine. I enjoyed being indoors, working on stuff. A bunch of crows enjoyed flapping around outside, cawing. When I took Jack out, the family of house finches that live in the hedges and under awnings across the road were making a lot of noise. Gulls flew by.

Beech Nut, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 November 2011.

Beech Nut.

About midday, the sun came out. The kind of brilliant, angular sun you’d expect on the last day of November in Maine. I began go get antsy, being indoors.

Finally, dog and I got out in it. I drove him around, doing errands. I picked up the mail. At last, I hied us over to Beech Hill, where the late-afternoon sun against the newly dormant landscape made it glow burnt orange. Titmice in the trees at the parking lot—lots of ’em. Also chickadees. That’s two species more than on yesterday’s list. Then, coming up the last rise before the summit, I saw it: a northern harrier, floating low above the hillside in the orange rays of the setting sun. Harriers are difficult to photograph, I my experience, but I got a couple. Not great, but proof nonetheless.

By the time we descended, the sun had sunk below the Rockville Ridge, and now it was the western sky that glowed burnt orange.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Tufted titmouse
2. Black-capped chickadee (voice)
3. Northern harrier

Elsewhere

4. American crow
5. House sparrow
6. Herring gull
7. Mourning dove

Sunset, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 November 2011.

Sunset.

Bust

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Birch, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 29 November 2011.

Birch.

I wrote today,
made up some words.
I hiked Beech Hill
but found no birds

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

No birds seen or heard on the hill today.

Elsewhere

1. American crow
2. House sparrow
3. Herring gull
4. European starling

Balmy

Monday, November 28th, 2011
Sunset, from Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2011.

Sunset.

The sun flitted in and out this morning, like a rodent at its burrow. Then the rodent went into hibernation for much of the rest of the day. And it must’ve been a comfortable sleep, because the temperature—yes, it’s 28 November at the 44th parallel—reached 60 degrees (F). Good day for a bike ride.

Birch, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2011.

Birch.

It was a swift, magnificent ride. Heard chickadees and titmice, saw gulls and crows. I’d hardly had a chance to catch my breath when Jack asked if I was ready to go for a hike. Which I was. So we did.

We got to Beech Hill kind of late today and were the only ones on the hill. Some clearing had come to the southwest sky, and the sun sank there like an orange flame in the ocean. The air remained warm. There was a bit of a westerly breeze. I saw no birds up there and heard only two: chickadees (in the quiet distance, up and down) and a flicker. Returning, we met a woman walking a German shepherd dog. There’s a special place in my heart for GSD’s. Jacks, too, apparently.

Tonight the sky is spectacularly clear. I stood out there for a long time a minute ago staring up at Orion and environs. Hardly any wind.

Balmy.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped chickadee
2. Northern flicker

Elsewhere

3. American crow
4. Herring gull
5. Tufted titmouse

Beech Nut, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2011.

Beech Nut.

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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