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Warble gloaming

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Beech Nut, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 31 January 2013.

Beech Nut.

We had what you might call crazy weather here on the 44th parallel today. High winds, power outages, warm temperatures. And by warm—it’s still January, remember—I mean 50 degrees (F), at least. But by mid-afternoon, the overcast broke up, and the sun shone down through fast-moving clouds. So, naturally, Jack and I got out in it.

Shadows, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 31 January 2013.


As we started up the Beech Hill trail, a few chickadees flitted through the trees. I heard a titmouse. The trail had changed since yesterday, what with some soaking rain last night—soggy, muddy, with still a few patches of slick ice. I heard the calls of a flicker from down the slopes. The wind blew strong and steady from the south-southwest, but I managed to keep my hat on. A couple other hikers up there.

Mainly, though, the mix of sun and clouds made for some dramatic photos.

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

1. Black-capped chickadee
2. Tufted titmouse (v)
3. Northern flicker (v)


4. American crow
5. Herring gull
6. American robin

v = Voice only

Onward, through the fog

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Birch, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 January 2013.


This here was a warm, drizzly day. At least, at first it was. Lots of snow melt, the ice vanished from my parking lot, water flowed. Toward afternoon, a wind picked up and fog blew in. And when I say “blew in,” I mean that literally. And just kept blowing around.

You couldn’t really see it blowing around—it was too foggy. But by the time Jack and I started up the muddy/icy Beech Hill trail, we were getting buffeted around pretty good. Strong, strong wind. Nearly lost my hat a few times. At least it wasn’t cold.

No birds out in the open, as you might imagine—except for a lone robin that I saw flapping low down the southern slope. Other birds were hanging out in the trees around the parking lot, including a pair of flickers. Don’t mind a little mud. Kind of like a thick fog.

Tonight, we had a nice, brief rainstorm. I understand periods of rain and high wind will continue.

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

1. American robin
2. Black-capped chickadee
3. Northern flicker
4. American crow* (v)
5. Brown creeper (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Day of thrushes

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Eastern bluebird, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 29 January 2013.

Eastern bluebird.

Last night’s light snowfall freshened this morning—the morning of yet another day that started out sunny and ended up overcast. I wonder how much this trend has had to do with the differences in  nocturnal and diurnal temperatures (or other conditions). One thing I do know: today was downright mild. A thaw, in fact.

Jack and I finally began our Beech Hill hike on a somewhat less treacherous trail. Heard a few peeps from chickadees, then spotted a solitary bluebird, then spotted a little flock of bluebirds, then spotted a little flock of robins. A day of thrushes up there.

Also occurrences of crow, gull, flicker, little woodpecker. But it’s the thrushes that stood out, to me.

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

1. Black-capped chickadee (v)
2. Eastern bluebird
3. Herring gull*
4. American crow* (v)
5. American robin*
6. Northern flicker
7. Downy woodpecker


8. Rock pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also 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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