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Archive for November, 2015

November’s end

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Beech Nut, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 November 2015.

Beech Nut, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 November 2015.

A similar day to yesterday, only nippier—a temperature of 19 degrees (F) when I first looked. Dog and I did manage to get up the hill a little earlier than yesterday.

Botanical, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 November 2015.

Botanical, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 November 2015.

Not as many clouds today, not too much of a breeze. The only two people we encountered today were neighbors out for a stroll.

I neglected to mention yesterday that I heard the Red-bellied Woodpecker again this morning at home, reminding me again of the first time I heard the bird’s burry call up here one spring maybe ten years ago, and how discombobulated it made me feel, since I’d only heard its voice back home in Austin. Now red-bellies and flickers are wintering over.

No snow to speak of yet this year. Kind of the opposite of a year ago.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Mallard

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

 

Sunset hike

Sunday, November 29th, 2015
Wind power—view from Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 November 2015.

Wind power.

Today was a working Sunday—a sunny, chilly one. Sub-freezing to start with, but rising a bit later. Didn’t get to the hill until kind of late in afternoon.

Place was packed with people and dogs. Managed to list only two bird species, but I did get a few sunset photos.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Crow* (v)

Elsewhere

3. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Blue Jay
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Herring Gull

v= Voice only
*Also elsewhere

 

Many chickadees

Saturday, November 28th, 2015
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2015.

Black-capped Chickadee.

Buncha desk work, a few errands, and a quick midday hike with Jack. We’ve had some precipitation lately—now-melted snow and some rain—so the Beech Hill trail has gone a little muddy, but we don’t care. Nobody else up there when we arrived (kind of surprising), but we did meet another man and dog on our way down.

Mixed bouquet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2015.

Mixed bouquet.

Counted several species (croaking raven perked up my ears), but only saw chickadees. Many chickadees.

This morning I heard—but could not locate—a Red-bellied Woodpecker up in the back yard trees. After a mostly overcast days, the night sky has some stars and a moon in it.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee*
2. Downy Woodpecker (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Blue Jay** (v)
5. American Crow (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

8. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
9. Mallard
10. Herring Gull

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

 

 
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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