31 January 2023

Archive for the ‘Observations’ Category

A Birdy Day

Monday, January 30th, 2023
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 January 2023.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

This morning dawned clear for the first time in several days. Warmish, too—low-30s (F), and not a lot of wind. Dog and I headed for the wooded trailhead in hopes that the trail wasn’t too slippery. We were the first, and I soon heard the voices of birds, and the trails weren’t aggravatingly slippery, and it turned out to be a lovely hike.

I thought the blue skies might presage a bluebird day, and it did! About a dozen or so of that species, with a couple-three yellow-rumps tagging along. Also robins, and other alluring sightings.

Final tally, eleven species. Likely a little snow tonight, but tomorrow should be a similar day. Best enjoy it, since the forecast calls for Friday night’s temps are forecast to dip to –15° (F) or below. Saturday will be an interesting one.

And on and on we go, Captain Jack and I.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:13 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Crow* (v)
5. American Robin
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Northern Flicker
11. Herring Gull*

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

South Wind

Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Crow with an attitude, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 January 2023.
Crow with an attitude.

Thought we’d have a little sun this morning, but only barely a little. An overcast and a stout south wind greeted dog and me when we arrived at the main trailhead. Tracks showed that one or two other hikes had arrived and departed before us—likely it was a quick hike for them, as the wind was strong and the trail was a bit slick.

A few birds made their presence known, but only one posed for photos—and that was a crow at the very end of our hike. The sky, though, was lovely. And the company of Jack-my-dog was (as always) the best.

Tomorrow will be warmer with (sigh) some afternoon rain.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:13 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)

Elsewhere

6. Herring Gull

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

Eagles

Friday, January 27th, 2023
Bald Eagles (immature below and adult above), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 January 2023.
Bald Eagles (immature below and adult above).

The temperature dipped back down below freezing overnight, and this morning’s trails were icy. Not too icy to tread on (carefully), though, and much preferable to yesterday’s slop. Plus, the day was a sunny one, mostly, with a few unobtrusive clouds.

And birds! Nine species today, in fact. After a slow start, with the usual suspects, things got interesting during our final descent, when we came upon another (different) Snowshoe hare (which would not pose for photos). And then, wonder of wonders, a pair of eagles circled overhead. I was lucky to spy them up beyond the leafless canopy.

Most interesting (to me) was that there was an adult and an immature bird, the latter circling quite a bit lower than the former. I was happy to get a few photos, because those were the only decent ones I got today of birds.

Similar day tomorrow. Looking forward to it!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:17 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
3. Hairy Woodpecker (drumming)
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Northern Flicker
7. American Crow*
8. American Robin
9. Bald Eagle

Elsewhere

10. Herring Gull
11. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

 
Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson



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