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Balmy Day

Saturday, December 31st, 2022
Chickadee in the sumac, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 December 2022.
Chickadee in the sumac.

A warm day, a muddy trail, not too much wind, not too awful many birds—but a few! The only species to pose for me was a chickadee, and it turned away. But there were crossbills, and a siskin. And a lovely sky over the bay.

I truly loved this last morning of 2022.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:14 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Goldfinch
5. American Crow*
6. Red Crossbill
7. Common Raven
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

10. Herring Gull

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

A Nice Birdday

Friday, December 30th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 December 2022.
Eastern Bluebird.

Warmer this morning—above freezing and calm, with a mostly blue sky and melting ice on the trail. Such conditions brought more birds out, so it took a while for us to climb through the trees. (I, stopping to listen and shoot photos, Jack, stopping to sniff and pee.)

Up and over, and I had eleven species, but no bluebirds or yellow-rumps, which I kind of expected to see. I even vocalized this minor lament—about five minutes before a dozen of each species appeared.

Called ’em out, I guess.

A bit of rain coming tomorrow, I hear. And temps soon entering the 50s (F).

P.S. Oh, yeah—today was my birthday.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:14 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Common Raven
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
5. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. American Crow* (v)
8. Brown Creeper
9. House Finch (v)
10. Northern Cardinal
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. Red Crossbill (v)

Elsewhere

15. Herring Gull
16. Mallard

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

Hare

Thursday, December 29th, 2022
Snowshoe Hare, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 December 2022.
Snowshoe Hare.
Red-tailed Hawk, Rockport, Maine, 29 December 2022.
Red-tailed Hawk.

A glorious morning with a mostly overcast sky, clouds coming and going, not too chilly, fairly calm, few bird species—bluebirds, tits, a flicker—but a noteworthy sighting nonetheless: a Snowshoe Hare in winter garb.

I saw a couple-three hares last spring when first dog and I began again to hike Beech Hill—not too shy, either—but they were wearing brown coats. There’s just something about the white fur of a critter with “snow” in its name. In fact, I saw it up ahead, crossing the trail, and thought it’d probably high-tailed it into the woods. But in a glance that way I happened to spot it under a clump little fallen trees. Just staring at us, posing.

So I took its picture.

Then, on our way home, I happened to see a red-tail alighting in a tree along the road. Pulled over, enabled my flashers, and took its picture, too.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:32 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch
2. American Crow
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Eastern Bluebird
5. Northern Flicker
6. Tufted Titmouse
7. White-breasted Nuthatch

Elsewhere

8. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

 
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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