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Among ravens

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

 

Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 January 2014.

Common Raven.

Sun and cold. Broken heater still. Took a hike at midday up brilliant, breezy Beech Hill—and encountered ravens.

First I heard a sort of guttural glock! sound, one syllable, sort of like a cuckoo or dove or owl. More of a summer bird sound. Heard it a couple more times before I saw its source sailing beyond the bare hardwoods: a solitary raven.

Next, as we were ascending the icy open trail, I saw a raven just above the far rise, sailing in the opposite direction as the first bird. It soared over the hill.

Common raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 February 2014.

Common raven.

Finally, as we rounded the final curve that opens onto the long eastern slope, I saw two ravens: one landing in the far field, the other flapping off toward the bay. Soon the landed bird took off and followed the other off over Indian Island Light.

I feel an affinity for ravens.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Northern Raven
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Herring Gull

Elsewhere

4. American Crow

 

Nuptials

Monday, January 27th, 2014

 

Earth and sky, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 January 2014.

Earth and sky.

Damp, drizzly, blustery day—a marriage of earth and sky.

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

1. Northern Flicker
2. Black-capped Chickadee

Elsewhere

3. American Crow
4. Herring Gull

 

Circles

Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Cold trail, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 January 2014.

Cold trail.

Cold day. Winter is cold. Main heat source went out night before last. Cold in here tonight—but not as cold as it was today on the trails of Beech Hill Preserve.

Evidence of pileated woodpeckers, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 January 2014.

Evidence of pileated woodpeckers.

Still, it was a good hike. After the usual climb up the open (wind-whipped) hillside, Jack and I took to the woods, where we found relative comfort and musical trees. Seriously. They squeaked, they whistled, they had a rhythm section goin’ on. Standing still for a minute, I even heard a sort of low distant groaning sound. It was magnificent.

Few birds, though—nothing but a distant gull, near chickadees, and a solitary songbird that I could not ID as it zipped away down a bright snowy hillside. Might’ve been a bluebird, or a robin, or one of the hill’s flickers, even. Or some crazy winter bird that I would’ve loved to have seen or taken a picture of.

Oh, well. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmish, and my heat will be fixed soon. The world moves in circles, and everything tries to be round.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Herring Gull*
2. Black-Capped Chickadee

Elsewhere

3. American Crow
4. Wild Turkey
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. Mallard

*Also elsewhere

American red squirrel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 January 2014.

American red squirrel.

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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