11 February 2016 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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A winter’s day

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Bohemian Waxwing, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 February 2016.

Bohemian Waxwing.

Snowed into the night last night, and this morning’s light revealed maybe a fresh five inches. Everything smoothed over, cleaned up, evened out. Cold—teens early, reaching the 20s (F)—but not too windy. The sun peeked in and out all day.

Oak, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 February 2016.


Took a midday hike with Jack. Took snowshoes but didn’t wear ’em. Nobody else on the hill when we got there about 12:30. Nice hike. Lovely light. No birds, though—until we got nearly all the way back to the parking lot, when I noticed a flock of waxwings in a crabapple tree across the road. Two dozen maybe. Stood there taking photos while waiting for the sun to emerge from the clouds. Waited about ten or fifteen minutes. No luck. Moved on.

Spent more time at my desk in afternoon. Got quite a bit done. Sun went down. Watched a little TV.

Tomorrow is another winter’s day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Bohemian Waxwing
2. American Crow*
3. Downy Woodpecker*
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)


5. American Goldfinch
6. Blue Jay (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Herring Gull
9. Rock Pigeon
10. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Cold blow

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Weed line, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 February 2016.

Weed line.

Gray early, and before long snow. Fine flakes, wind-whipped. Got a lot of desk work done, then looked up and saw heavier snow out there, so I went for a hike with dog.

Cold, quick hike. Heard a chickadee—and that was it, bird-wise. It being in the teens (F), with a stout north wind, I mostly heard the sound of fast-moving air and the crunch of my footfalls as we hurried up and down. Quickest hike in a while.

A cold blow. There is no bad weather, though.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1.  Black-capped Chickadee** (v)


2. American Goldfinch
3. American Crow
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Herring Gull

v = Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere


Finally, winter

Saturday, February 6th, 2016
Birdhouses, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 February 2016.


A brilliant, snow-covered morning. Temperature of about 20 (F) first thing, but rising up toward freezing as the day progressed. I swept off the truck, scraped ice from the windows, took Jack and my snowshoes to Beech Hill.

I was the first to make a snowshoe track, although a cantankerous fellow with a loose-running dog had made an attempt without snowshoes. When I informed him of the leash rule, he told me he didn’t agree with it—although he didn’t sound very philosophical when he said that. Takes all kinds, I guess.

Lovely snowshoe, though. Few birds, many photos, a few other hikers (even some picnickers) heading up as we returned to the truck.

Tonight is starry and warmish. Finally, winter.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

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


4. American Goldfinch
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. House Sparrow
9. Herring Gull
10. Mallard
11. House Finch (v)
12. Rock Pigeon

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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