1 December 2023

February light

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Resting place, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 12 February 2013.

Resting place.

Today was kind of a lovely day—some sun, some clouds, some titmice singing peter-peter-peter! The light in February has always seemed sort of encouraging to me, with its lengthening photoperiod, its hints of things to come. Bluebirds waiting for snowmelt, somewhere eagles nesting.

Birch, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 13 February 2013.


Got back on the hill with Jack today, took the slushy trail in snowshoes. None else up there but a some birds—and the remants of one in the snow. A robin, perhaps. Maybe a bluebird. Robins were flocking elsewhere, and I saw cardinals at a feeding station. But Beech Hill had that lovely February light, with sunbeams cutting through.

Tonight is mild for the season. And I feel pleasantly tired.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Golden-crowned kinglet (v)
2. Black-capped chickadee (v)
3. Downy woodpecker (v)
4. Northern flicker
5. American robin* (v)
6. American crow* (v)


7. Tufted titmouse
8. Herring gull
9. Rock pigeon
10. Northern cardinal

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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