17 April 2024


Monday, March 29th, 2010
Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 29 March 2010.

Beech Hill.

Awoke to a gray, wet world. A steady rain fell. The rush of car tires swept loudly by. A cardinal called. A mourning dove. A song sparrow. Crows. Robins and a house finch across the road.

Stream, Beech Hill trail, Rockport, Maine, 29 March 2010.

Stream, Beech Hill trail.

At midday—despite the rain’s increasing insistence—dog and I walked the wooded Beech Hill trail. I slipped and slid a half dozen times on mud at least as greasy as slushy snow. Neither saw nor heard a single bird on the hill. We ended up soaked and mud-spattered, but it was fun.

By afternoon, the wind picked up. Both my trash cans blew over, and we enjoyed an astronomical high tide.

Later, I drove to town. Caught sight of a small flock of robins, four dabbling ducks in overflight, herring gulls.

Tonight, the rain grew steadier still. Water cascaded down the hill out back and flooded the little side yard. I can’t help but think how green it’ll be in a week or two. Or three.

Today’s List

Northern cardinal
Mourning dove
Song sparrow
American crow
American robin
House finch
Dabbling duck (spp?)
Herring gull

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