24 June 2024

Day of thrushes

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Eastern bluebird, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 29 January 2013.

Eastern bluebird.

Last night’s light snowfall freshened this morning—the morning of yet another day that started out sunny and ended up overcast. I wonder how much this trend has had to do with the differences in  nocturnal and diurnal temperatures (or other conditions). One thing I do know: today was downright mild. A thaw, in fact.

Jack and I finally began our Beech Hill hike on a somewhat less treacherous trail. Heard a few peeps from chickadees, then spotted a solitary bluebird, then spotted a little flock of bluebirds, then spotted a little flock of robins. A day of thrushes up there.

Also occurrences of crow, gull, flicker, little woodpecker. But it’s the thrushes that stood out, to me.

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

1. Black-capped chickadee (v)
2. Eastern bluebird
3. Herring gull*
4. American crow* (v)
5. American robin*
6. Northern flicker
7. Downy woodpecker


8. Rock pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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