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Archive for January, 2016

Crazy winter

Sunday, January 31st, 2016
Beech Nut, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 January 2016.

Beech Nut.

Drizzled last night. Still warm this morning—although right about freezing. Little birds flitting about, making a lot of noice. Singing titmice. Chipping goldfinches. Hollering jays.

Took another morning hike with dog. Beech Hill was colorful under the overcast. I saw no birds at all—but heard five species.

Descending, I thought again about how crazy this winter is, weather-wise. Just a crazy, crazy winter.

I wonder if it’ll be followed by a crazy spring photoshop cs5 download.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
4. Herring Gull* (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)


6. Blue Jay*
7. American Goldfinch*
8. Mallard
9. Mourning Dove (v)
10. Northern Cardinal (v)

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


Mild day

Saturday, January 30th, 2016
Tufted Titmouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 January 2016.

Tufted Titmouse.

About a quarter-inch of snow fell over night, and the world had a film of white when the sun rose. It being Saturday, I decided Jack and I should hike earlier than usual lately—we got there about mid-morning. Just above freezing, light wind, quite a few birds on the list. We beat most of the Beech Hill hikers today.

Elsewhere, a pleasant day. Birds out back, too. The new snow melted by about midday, I’d say.

A pretty mild evening tonight, too. Not like your usual late January in Maine.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Herring Gull*
6. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. American Tree Sparrow


9. American Goldfinch
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. Rock Pigeon

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


Snow-spittin’ day

Friday, January 29th, 2016
Crow and orange, near Mount Battie, Camden, Maine, 29 January 2016.

Crow and orange.

Gray skies today, with temperatures in the low- to mid-thirties (F). Got a lot of desk work done, then took a Friday hike with Jack.

Just us on the hill today, in chilly air that was spittin’ snow. Few birds—very few, really, this winter so far, compared to the past several—but a lovely overcast, snow-spittin’ day.

Earlier, through the wavy glass of old windows, I took a photo of a crow devouring an orange. (I had nothing to do with it: just an observer.)

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

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)


4. American Goldfinch
5. Herring Gull
6. 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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