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Archive for December, 2011

Balmy weather

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Monhegan Island, from Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 28 December 2011.

Monhegan Island.

Today was a warm one. Pretty much all the recent snow melted. Birds were singing first thing. Some rain, some sun—and a nice Beech Hill hike for dog and me, despite some pretty good wind. I bet it got to 50 degrees (F).

Birch, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 28 December 2011.

Birch.

Come nightfall, however, the temperature fell in a hurry. Clear sky, newish moon. Wind still. A cold day in store tomorrow, and snow thereafter.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American coot
2. Black-capped chickadee (voice)

Elsewhere

3. American crow
4. American goldfinch
5. Tufted titmouse
6. Northern cardinal
7. Herring gull
8. Ring-billed gull
9. European starling
10. Rock pigeon
11. Common loon
12. Mallard

Winter white-throat

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
White-throated sparrow, Glen Cove, Rockport, Maine, 27 December 2011.

White-throated sparrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American robin
2. Northern flicker (voice)
3. Black-capped chickadee (voice)

Elsewhere

4. Mourning dove
5. American crow
6. Herring gull
7. White-throated sparrow
8. Ring-billed gull
9. Rock pigeon
10. American coot

Distant islands

Monday, December 26th, 2011
Mount Desert Island, from Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 26 December 2011.

Mount Desert Island.

I had to google “Boxing Day.” For whatever reason it’s called that, this one was gorgeous. Sunny, melty, fresh-seeming, even briefly warm in the briefly high sun. Crows about, and chickadees, and a titmouse. I shoveled the Christmas snow, and the sun took care of the thin remnant layer of ice on the deck and walkways. At one point I moved my pickup, and as soon as a started it, a small brown bird flitted away from somewhere underneath the vehicle, looked like. (I suppose it might’ve just at that moment flitted up from somewhere else, traveling low.) It was a sort of bronze-brown color with white wing bars. That’s all I got.

Afternoon sun, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 26 December 2011.

Afternoon sun.

But I did get a few resident species at Beech Hill with Jack, where we met a number of other hikers and saw the paw prints of dogs dashing all over the fields. (Seems a lot of people simply ignore the keep-your-dog-on-a-leash sign.) Brilliant sun, bright landscape, distant islands.

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

1. American crow
2. Black-capped chickadee
3. Northern flicker
4. Brown creeper (voice)
5. Hairy woodpecker

Elsewhere

6. Herring gull
7. Tufted titmouse

 
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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