Below freezing first thing. Bright sun. Not much wind. Got a bunch of chores done early, then took a midday hike with dog.
Several other folks hiking. Little birds poking about in the trees just up from the parking lot—including a White-throated Sparrow. Coming up along the open fields, I saw a big bird flying low over the upper field to our left, and soon the ever-present October crows erupted in sound, and eight or ten of them headed for the big bird. A young eagle. The eagle seemed unperturbed. It rose and circled away toward the southeast.
Back down in the trees near the parking lot, I watched a pair of kinglets for a little while. Hard to take photos of those flitting little suckers.
Later, en route back home, I had to stop the pickup to let a flock of about a dozen Wild Turkeys cross the road.
Hiding out upstairs for Halloween tonight, writing this post to you—whoever you are.
Beech Hill List
Beginning at 12 p.m., I hiked the open trail.
1. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. White-throated Sparrow
5. American Crow*
6. Bald Eagle
7. Golden-crowned Kinglet
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Herring Gull
10. Wild Turkey
v = Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere