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Nice surprises

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
Penobscot Bay, from Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 01 April 2010.

Penobscot Bay.

Looked like it might become a nice day. A crow was saying caw-caw, caw-caw (a phrase I know well but cannot yet translate). And the cardinal sang. And I heard a nuthatch out there beeping. And although an overcast sky greeted us first thing, the sun soon broke through, as the weather folks promised.

Red squirrel, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 01 April 2010.

Red squirrel.

The neighbor’s song sparrow trilled and chimed. The house finch across the street sang loud and long. I heard the voice of a robin,chickadees, and a titmouse—the titmouse, in fact, was whistling in direct response to the cardinal, whose song began with two long notes that sounded an awful lot like the titmouse’s call. Meanwhile, the nuthatch kept at it, and I noticed a pair of them were clearing out a nesting cavity in one of the big oaks out back. Before long the dog got antsy, and so did I, so about the lunch hour we headed for a quick walk up Beech Hill.

Northern harrier, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 01 April 2010.

Northern harrier.

Early on, where the trail ran along the stone wall, a red squirrel froze and watched us. The air seemed almost warm, and the sun was bright, and I felt like jogging up the steep stretch of open trail, so that’s what we did. I heard chickadees and a titmouse. Then, suddenly, a hawk appeared—floating up over a grassy bronze rise on slightly tilted wings. I had my camera out and so tried for photos. Didn’t get anything outstanding, but I did confirm it as a northern harrier. It was a nice surprise. Marsh hawks like Beech Hill.

It was a sunny landscape. A bright, happy view. We met no one else up there today, despite lovely weather and the lunch hour.

Rode my bicycle this afternoon. I can’t get enough of that bike, it seems.

Great black-backed gulls, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 01 April 2010.

Great black-backed gulls.

At about 6 o’clock, my friend Kristen stopped by to join Jack and me in our planned walk along the breakwater. What a pleasant little hike. Hardly any wind—in fact, neither the harbor side nor the island side showed much of a chop at all—and there were no clouds to block the warming sun. We saw mergansers, eiders, loons, long-tailed ducks. We saw black-backed gulls, herring gulls. We heard the cardinal and song sparrow from the shore. At one point, as I was snapping photos of a closeby diver, it rose and spread its wings. A nice surprise.

As we left, I heard the voice of a grackle—the last bird on my list this day.

Tonight, no spring peepers (although I hear they’re in the neighborhood).

Common loon, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 01 April 2010.

Common loon.

Today’s List

American crow
Northern cardinal
Tufted titmouse
Song sparrow
Black-capped chickadee
White-breasted nuthatch
American robin
House finch
Herring gull
Northern harrier
Rock pigeon
Great black-backed gull
Red-breasted merganser
Common eider
Common loon
Long-tailed duck
Common grackle

Common loon, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 01 April 2010.

Common loon.

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