30 November 2022

Soggy trail

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
A time to die, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 09 January 2013.

A time to die.

This day was another warm one, but overcast. The great heaps of plowed snow are melting, and the ice is drying up. Still I see folks waltzing across the ponds.

Birch, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 09 January 2013.


After a busy ol’ day—I won’t get into the minor frustrations—Jack and I managed to make it up to Beech Hill while there was still some light in the sky. The trail was soggy, no birds in the trees. The first evidence of any bird, in fact, were feather’s strewn near where I’d seen the mourning dove carcass a week or so ago. I suppose they might’ve come from that bird, but I don’t think so. Looked like a fresh kill. But I’m not very good at identifying loose feathers.

Returning, I heard a couple tweets, looked up, and saw about fifty or sixty robins flying over. Shortly after, we got scolded by a chickadee.

Tonight, the sky is clear, the stars bright. And I heard a quacking mallard over at the cove.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American robin*
2. Black-capped chickadee


3. American crow
4. Herring gull
5. Rock pigeon
6. Mallard

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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2 Responses to “Soggy trail”

  1. kestrel says:

    Those could indeed be dove feathers, according to my feather guide. Hard to imagine what else would have that much gray plumage and be around right now. Cool photo!

  2. I believe you’re right. There was a dead dove carcass very near there several days previous—my guess is the thaw uncovered the remnants, and that’s all that was left.

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