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False winter

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Beech Nut, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 November 2014.

Beech Nut.

The morning after yesterday’s snow dawned bright, blue, sunny. I couldn’t wait long after breakfast before taking a hike with Jack.

Jack, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 November 2014.

Jack.

We were the first ones up Beech Hill this morning. The day was so bright that I had trouble seeing anything through my camera’s viewfinder. But I managed a few photos. Alas, I didn’t get a shot of the Red-tailed Hawk being harassed by crows, or the solitary Snow Bunting the flitted up the slope very near us as we ascended.

But I did get a few of the landscape. Wintry—even though winter is nearly four weeks away.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Red-tailed Hawk
3. American Robin* (v)
4. Snow Bunting
5. Northern Flicker
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

7. Tufted Titmouse

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

 

Out of my control

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Hairy Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 November 2014.

Hairy Woodpecker.

Gray early. Promise of snow. It came in late morning.

Berry, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 November 2014.

Berry.

By mid-afternoon, Jack and I were hiking Beech Hill with wet flakes clinging to our coats and stinging our eyes. Interestingly, I saw four bird species up there in the storm—three of them woodpeckers. The first bird was an American Tree Sparrow that seemed to follow us from the fringes, every now and then uttering its faint, distinctive seet!

The snow is coming down thick tonight, and there’s a little wind. Great glops of snow drop occasionally from the trees onto the back roof with a thump!

I’d like for the power to stay on—but, hey, that’s out of my control.

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

1. American Tree Sparrow
2. Hairy Woodpecker
3. Northern Flicker
4. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

5. American Crow
6. Herring Gull
7. Canada Goose

 

Warm before the cold

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
White-tailed Deer, near Meadow Street, Rockport, Maine, 25 November 2014.

White-tailed Deer.

Another warm day today. Not much sun, and not much wind, and a whole lot of 50s (F).

Beech Nut, near Meadow Street, Rockport, Maine, 25 November 2014.

Beech Nut.

A whole lot of inside work, too, but in my late-afternoon hike with Jack, not a lot of birds. Eerily warm up there. Scenic, as always.

Then, back at the office, four deer browsing in the grass out back—one adult and three younger ones.

Supposed to get cold tonight and snow quite a bit tomorrow.

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

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

Elsewhere

5. Herring Gull
6. Canada Goose
7. American Robin

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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