Supposed to be cloudy all day, with high wind and rain later, so Jack and I headed up the main trail this day. Quite windy already, didn’t expect many species—and sure enough had only five by the time we’d gotten nearly back to the parking lot. Then things got interesting.
This morning’s hike was a fun one. Sub-freezing temps, but calm, with a nearly cloudless sky. In the woods, little birds abounded—chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches, a couple woodpecker species. Quieter at the summit, until I rounded Beech Nut and spied a Horned Lark.
First of the species I’d seen since last I’d seen one at Beech Hill, at least four—and maybe five or six or seven—years ago. Mostly I’ve seen them in flocks, I think, but this was a solitary bird who posed for a minute.
Beech Hill List Beginning at 7:51 a.m., I hiked all trails.
1. American Goldfinch 2. Tufted Titmouse (v) 3. Black-capped Chickadee 4. Hairy Woodpecker 5. White-breasted Nuthatch** 6. Brown Creeper 7. American Robin 8. Horned Lark 9. American Crow* (v) 10. Red-breasted Nuthatch 11. Canada Goose (v) 12. Eastern Bluebird 13. Yellow-rumped Warbler 14. Downy Woodpecker (v)
15. Ring-billed Gull 16. Herring Gull
(v) Voice only *Also elsewhere **Voice only elsewhere †First-of-year