23 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Wind chill

Sunday, December 30th, 2012
Snowy trail, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 December 2012.

Snowy trail.

Yep, it snowed. I’d guess about another eight inches or so on top of what we got a couple days ago. Hard to estimate, though, considering all the drifting. Spent about an hour and a half shoveling. Then took Jack and a pair of snowshoes to Beech Hill, where no one had hiked, apparently, except for us and a trio of men who had just started up the trail when we arrived. Without snowshoes. We caught up with them in a hurry, and I let on how impressed I was that they would trudge through such deep drifts (three and four feet in places).

Beech Nut, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 December 2012.

Beech Nut.

It was cold up there, and the wind was really blowing. No, I mean really blowing. I didn’t expect to have any birds on my list, but a solitary crow flew over, half-carried by the wind.

Tonight will be the coldest of the season so far. And the wind is still blowing. Which will induce quite a chill.

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

1. American crow*


2. Red-tailed hawk
3. American goldfinch (v)
4. Herring gull
5. Black-capped chickadee (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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