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Archive for January, 2023

Crow

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
American Crow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 January 2023.
American Crow.

The sky was lovely this morning during my hike up the hill with dog. Some blue, some white, some golden sun, some gray clouds—just a heck of a potpourri. Colder than yesterday (and with frigid weather coming), and, looking down, there was fresh snow.

About four or five new, dry, fluffy inches. Covered up much of the ice and trail streams, which was nice. Not many bird species, but enough to get my rather excited.

Only one presented a photo op: a crow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:57 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. American Crow*
4. Brown Creeper (v)
5. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
6. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Herring Gull
9. Northern Cardinal
10. Mallard

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

†First-of-year

A Birdy Day

Monday, January 30th, 2023
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 January 2023.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

This morning dawned clear for the first time in several days. Warmish, too—low-30s (F), and not a lot of wind. Dog and I headed for the wooded trailhead in hopes that the trail wasn’t too slippery. We were the first, and I soon heard the voices of birds, and the trails weren’t aggravatingly slippery, and it turned out to be a lovely hike.

I thought the blue skies might presage a bluebird day, and it did! About a dozen or so of that species, with a couple-three yellow-rumps tagging along. Also robins, and other alluring sightings.

Final tally, eleven species. Likely a little snow tonight, but tomorrow should be a similar day. Best enjoy it, since the forecast calls for Friday night’s temps are forecast to dip to –15° (F) or below. Saturday will be an interesting one.

And on and on we go, Captain Jack and I.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:13 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Crow* (v)
5. American Robin
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Northern Flicker
11. Herring Gull*

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

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

†First-of-year

South Wind

Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Crow with an attitude, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 January 2023.
Crow with an attitude.

Thought we’d have a little sun this morning, but only barely a little. An overcast and a stout south wind greeted dog and me when we arrived at the main trailhead. Tracks showed that one or two other hikes had arrived and departed before us—likely it was a quick hike for them, as the wind was strong and the trail was a bit slick.

A few birds made their presence known, but only one posed for photos—and that was a crow at the very end of our hike. The sky, though, was lovely. And the company of Jack-my-dog was (as always) the best.

Tomorrow will be warmer with (sigh) some afternoon rain.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:13 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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

Elsewhere

6. Herring Gull

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

(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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