5 February 2023


Friday, November 28th, 2014
Common Redpoll, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2014.

Common Redpoll.

Cold and mostly clear today, with a bit of a breeze. Did some desk work for a while, then went with dog for a hike.

Beech Hill, four or five cars in the lot—and also about thirty or forty redpolls. I heard them first, tittering up in the trees, dining on little cones and catkins. I hadn’t seen redpolls since a Christmas count several years ago. They hung around until a loud car went by, then took off for parts unknown.

Also came upon a Hairy Woodpecker in the process of debarking a dead tree branch. Man, woodpeckers can really make quick work of old wood. Got a little video of the guy.

We took a walk down into the woods a ways, being dressed in bright enough clothing to alert any hunters. Not many had traveled that way since the recent snow. Lots of hares had, though.

From whence we came—Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2014.

From whence we came.

The coots are still in Chickawaukie Lake.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1 p.m., I hiked the open trail—and then some.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Common Redpoll
5. Northern Flicker
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. American Goldfinch** (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)


9. Herring Gull
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. American Coot

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


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