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Archive for November, 2012

Trace of snow

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Owls Head Light from Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 27 November 2012.

Owls Head Light.

A productive indoor day. Outdoors, through the window, I saw a little sun early, but clouds overspread this little chunk of earth, and the air felt cold and moist. Second straight freezing night last night.

Didn’t get to Beech Hill with dog until pretty late, but the usual roadside birds were active—along with a mourning dove I happened to see while pulling in the parking lot. Blue clouds had moved over, and the sun now hung low in a patch of haze. Near the gate, with met Joe, who manages things up there, and he and I chatted a a while. On the way up the first stretch I’d seen what looked like tiny white powder or flakes on the trail and so asked him if it had snowed and he said it had a little. Just a trace of the feet we shall soon see.

I didn’t think to look for the coots in the lake today, but this evening I had an email exchange with a friend who had seem them there today, so I missed that species. (He’d also seen an owl along the road very near my place just a week or two ago.)

Tonight, the full moon has been playing peek-a-boo behind slow-moving clouds. For some reason I feel content, just now, and hopeful for another good day tomorrow.

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

1. Mourning dove
2. Black-capped chickadee
3. White-breasted nuthatch (v)
4. Tufted titmouse (v)


5. American crow
6. Herring gull

v = Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere

Surprise thrills

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Moon over Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 26 November 2012.

Moon over Beech Hill.

Jack and I went nowhere today except Beech Hill. And that was toward the end of it. We were alone up there. It was right nippy. Good hike, though.

The moon was rising, nearly full. Heard a single nuthatch and saw a single chickadee. But at the summit, a good-sized flock of silent robins flew over, headed south-southwest. A surprisingly thrilling sight to see.

The whole hike was surprisingly thrilling, in fact. Heck, the whole day was.

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

1. White-breasted nuthatch (v)
2. Black-capped chickadee*
3. American robin


4. American crow
5. Herring gull

v = Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere


Saturday, November 24th, 2012
Distant bay, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 24 November 2012.

Distant bay.

During the night last night, the sky clouded over, and during the day today, the temperature dipped. And in afternoon, a little drizzle flew in on a westerly wind. About the time that happened, Jack and I were just beginning our daily Beech Hill hike. We encountered a good-sized gang of young people in the parking lot but no gangs of birds. In fact, I heard a solitary nuthatch and nothing else until we got about half-way up the hill, when I heard the caw of a crow.

Cement plant, from Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 24 November 2012.

Cement plant.

The sky looked clear away to the south, beyond the lake, beyond the cement plant. Perhaps Monhegan had sun. But there on the summit, the wind whipped up, and the dark rusty hill contrasted with the slate-gray distant bay.

A few other hikers in blaze-orange attire were starting up as we were about finished with our brisk walk. Above them I saw chickadees and nuthatches and a few interesting slate-gray clouds.

In thinking back on the day just now, it occurs to me that slate-gray might just be my favorite color.

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

1. White-breasted nuthatch
2. American crow
3. Black-capped chickadee
4. Tufted titmouse


5. Herring gull
6. Rock pigeon

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

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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