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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

 

Cloudscape, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2015.

Cloudscape.

Last night I dreamed I was outside wearing a t-shirt and jeans and thinking the jeans were too much for how warm and sunny it was. (I also heard someone singing a country tune called “Lobster Town, USA.”) Then I awoke to a sunny day—but a chilly one, and with a gusty wind.

Remnants, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2015.

Remnants.

Later, the clouds thickened, and it got really gray out, and my dog and I went for a hike.

No one else on the hill today. Too windy up there. Amazing gusts, which I’m happy I dressed for. But despite the crazy wind, I was able to ID a few birds.

And, in a calm part of the trail on the other side of the hill—in a little lee, you might say—I found what was left of an unlucky bird. Victim of a hawk, I guess. By the feathers, I’m pretty sure it’d been a robin.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
3. American Robin
4. Tufted titmouse (v)
5. Eastern Phoebe
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Osprey
8. Purple Finch (v)
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)

Elsewhere

10. American Crow
11. Herring Gull
12. Double-crested Cormorant

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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