5 February 2023

Bright dippers

Friday, October 30th, 2015
White-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2015.

White-breasted Nuthatch.

Still arranging things at the new place this sunny, windy, coldish day. The photoperiod shortens noticeably. Still working out what to put where, what to do how, which direction north is. But I got shit done.

Earth’s surface, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2015.

Earth’s surface.

Then Jack and I took a quick, brisk hike. Not a lot of bird species out there—at least in my view (or earshot). But pretty much foliage remains in the wake of the wind- and rainstorm. Yesterday was balmy, come to think back on it. In fact, speaking of thinking back: while descending back toward the parking lot today, I recalled flushing a grouse there a week or two ago. But I’m not sure I put it on any list.

Funny story: this afternoon I got bandwidth all set up at my new place. Then, this evening, the neighborhood (town? county?) lost bandwidth. For more than four hours. I’d only had it for about three. Hahaha.

I like that the back yard is darker here then where I used to live. The dippers are bright tonight.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Tufted Titmouse
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. Black-capped Chickadee

Elsewhere

4. Herring Gull
5. American Crow
6. Blue Jay

Ghost of milkweed, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2015.

Ghost of milkweed.

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