14 April 2024

February cycling

Monday, February 29th, 2016
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 February 2016.

Black-capped Chickadee.

A mostly overcast Leap Day. Also a temperature that began in the 40s (F)—when first I looked—and wound up well into the 50s. Thus, my decision to ride my bicycle around for the first time this year. And, I might add, the first time in February in Maine. It wasn’t a long ride (seven or eight miles), but it was a delicious one. Made my legs hurt so good.

Jack and I took a lonesome hike up Beech Hill late. Met just one other hiker as we came back down. Few birds, but warm enough that I might well have done without a sweatshirt.

The air smells good tonight. Stars up there.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. White-breasted Nuthatch**
3. American Crow*


4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Downy Woodpecker (v)
7. Mourning Dove (v)
8. House Finch
9. Herring Gull
10. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
11. Bohemian Waxwing (v)
12. Rock Pigeon
13. House Sparrow

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


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