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Smoke

Sunday, December 31st, 2017
Sea smoke, from Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 December 2017.

Sea smoke.

The temperature first thing this sunny morning hovered a couple degrees below zero (F). When I first stepped out, I heard the spring song of a Tufted Titmouse—and spotted the bird looking chipper and hopeful as it sang.

Excursion, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 December 2017.

Excursion.

On the hill, I saw only a handful of distant crows. Sea smoke littered the blue gray bay.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

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

Elsewhere

4. Tufted Titmouse
5. Herring Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Zero

Saturday, December 30th, 2017
White-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 December 2017.

White-breasted Nuthatch.

Zero degrees (F) when Jack and I hiked the hill this morning. Calm again, though—and so silent that I could hear a Pileated Woodpecker calling quietly off in the trees. A few other little resident birds poking around also

Mama cardinal, Rockport, Maine, 30 December 2017.

Mama cardinal.

And back home, the cardinal family was active in the sunny tangles.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
6. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

7. Northern Cardinal
8. Herring Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Cold and Calm

Friday, December 29th, 2017
Black-capped Chickadee, Rockport, Maine, 29 December 2017.

Black-capped Chickadee.

Cold again—single digits (F) all day. Big difference, however: It was also calm. Jack and I had it easy on our morning hike (alone again up there). saw distant crows and distant flickers and nearby nuthatches and chickadees. My best photo, though, was a backyard chickadee.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee*
3. White-breasted Nuthatch**
4. Northern Flicker
5. Tufted Titmouse**
6. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

7. American Robin
8. Herring Gull
9. Rock Pigeon
10. Mallard

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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