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    Snow slush fog

    Sunday, January 4th, 2015
    Wintry pinnacle, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 January 2015.

    Wintry pinnacle.

    Heard the plows before I rose this morning. The snow had piled up, as forecast—and soon it began to rain lightly, and then the snow got slushy. Had breakfast, shoveled snow, then went with Jack to Beech Hill, where we were the first ones in the parking lot.

    One other person had hiked before us, I could see by their footprints. Very foggy up there what with all the now-slushy snow evaporating into the damp air. Saw some roadside birds, heard the voices of several others, including the chip of a yellow-rump.

    This afternoon, I worked at my desk downstairs. Gets dark in a hurry still.

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

    1. Mourning Dove
    2. White-throated Sparrow
    3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
    4. American Crow* (v)
    5. Northern Flicker (v)
    6. American Tree Sparrow (v)
    7. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
    8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

    Elsewhere

    9. Herring Gull
    10. House Sparrow
    11. American Goldfinch
    12. Blue Jay
    13. Ring-billed Gull
    14. Rock Pigeon

    v = Voice only
    *Also elsewhere

     

    Waxwings, revisited

    Monday, December 22nd, 2014

     

    Bohemian Waxwings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 December 2014.

    Bohemian Waxwings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 December 2014.

    This first full day of winter was not too wintry. Drippy, damp, not very cold. A busy day, though, with a narrow opening for my daily hike with dog.

    December bouquet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 December 2014.

    December bouquet.

    Saw a couple dooryard birds—cardinal and jay—prowling the tangles near the Beech Hill Road parking lot. Saw a gull fly over. Heard the (near-)daily flicker. Chickadees and nuthatches. And then, returning, I happened to spy another little clutch of waxwings preening on some bare twigs a little ways down the slope.

    Any day with Bohemian Waxwings is a good ’un.

    Beech Hill List
    Beginning at 1 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

    1. Blue Jay
    2. Northern Cardinal
    3. Black-capped Chickadee**
    4. American Crow*
    5. Herring Gull
    6. Mourning Dove
    7. Northern Flicker (v)
    8. Bohemian Waxwing
    9. White-breasted Nuthatch
    10. Downy Woodpecker

    Elsewhere

    11. House Sparrow (v)
    12. Canada Goose
    13. Rock Pigeon
    14. Ring-billed Gull

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

     

    Christmas Count 2014

    Saturday, December 20th, 2014

    Today was our local Aubudon Society Christmas Bird Count day. Forty-four species for our group, and thirty-five for me this day. Highlights were a Clay-colored Sparrow, bluebirds, and a hundred forty-eight coots. Rather than throw a bunch of words at you, I’ll simply post some photos.

    Clay-colored Sparrow, near Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine, 20 December 2014.

    Clay-colored Sparrow.

    Red-necked Grebe, off the Rockland Breakwater, Rockport, Maine, 20 December 2014.

    Red-necked Grebe

    Black-capped Chickadee, off Old County Road, Rockport, Maine, 20 December 2014.

    Black-capped Chickadee.

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    Beech Hill List
    Beginning at 2:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

    1. American Crow* (v)
    2. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
    3. Northern Flicker
    4. Red-tailed Hawk

    Elsewhere

    5. House Sparrow (v)
    6. Herring Gull
    7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
    8. American Goldfinch
    9. Mallard
    10. Red-breasted Merganser
    11. Common Eider
    12. Ring-billed Gull
    13. Black Guillemot
    14. Common Goldeneye
    15. Horned Grebe
    16. Red-necked Grebe
    17. Common Loon
    18. Long-tailed Duck
    19. Canada Goose
    20. American Black Duck
    21. Black-capped Chickadee
    22. Northern Cardinal
    23. Common Raven
    24. White-breasted Nuthatch
    25. Mourning Dove
    26. Blue Jay (v)
    27. Clay-colored Sparrow
    28. House Finch
    29. Bohemian Waxwing (v)
    30. Eastern Bluebird
    31. Common Redpoll
    32. Bufflehead
    33. American Coot
    34. Bald Eagle
    35. European Starling

    v = Voice only
    *Also 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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