30 May 2023


Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
American Crow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 November 2016.

American Crow.

On this chilly, overcast morning
I caught sight of a distant bird
flapping right to left out toward the bay,
and I drew out my binocs and found what
at first I thought a Herring Gull.

But then I saw that the backs of its wings—
the wings of this large bird
flapping in the distance—
were black, and I thought,
No, it’s a Great Black-backed Gull.

But then I saw that the bird itself
was too large-headed,
and too long-winged,
and just too large,
and I knew.

It was an Bald Eagle.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Northern Flicker
4. White-breasted Nuthatch
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. American Crow
7. American Goldfinch
8. Common Raven (v)
9. Bald Eagle
10. Tufted Titmouse


11. Herring Gull

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


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