21 August 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Archive for February, 2015

The sun is higher

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
American Robins, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 February 2015.

American Robins.

Lovely day—sunny, cool, breezy. Saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk zipping around above Rockport Village, where, coincidentally, a flock of Rock Doves hang out. Had a lovely Beech Hill hike with Jack.

The sun is higher, the days are longer, the icicles come crashing down. I sense a hint of spring in the air.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 12:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch
2. American Robin
3. American Crow

Elsewhere

4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Herring Gull
6. Sharp-shinned Hawk
7. Mallard
8. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

 

Relentless

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Art is fleeting, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 February 2015.

Art is fleeting.

Life is fleeting. Art only slightly less so. In the great scheme of things, I mean.

Did I mention a person I’ve been close to died last week? My daughter’s mother. Suddenly.  Death sort of puts things in perspective.

But so does the relentless march toward spring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

(No birds seen or heard on the hill today.)

Elsewhere

1. House Finch
2. House Sparrow
3. American Crow
4. American Robin
5. Herring gull

v = Voice only

 

Seven feet tall

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Birch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 February 2015.

Birch.

Today, at the end of the day, at the summit of Beech Hill, coming around the corner of Beech Nut in the chill air, Jack and I spooked a flicker. Not sure what it was doing up there on the porch of the hut with all that snow around.

Speaking of snow—this much of it makes for an interesting vantage: essentially, I’ve been looking at the natural world from the point-of-view of a man at least seven feet tall.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin (v)
2. Northern Flicker

Elsewhere

3. American Crow
4. Herring Gull

v = Voice only

 

 
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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