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New Year’s Slush

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
Slush on the trail, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 January 2019.

Slush on the trail.

Snow arrived overnight last night but had turned to rain by dawn. By mid-morning, the storm had passed, leaving wind and warmish temperatures and slush. Only one bird species up there this morning: a couple crows.

Herring Gull, Rockport Harbor, Rockport, Maine, 01 January 2019.

Herring Gull.

So dog and I swung by the harbor, where I counted six water species—including a chillin’ Herring Gull.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*


2. Herring Gull
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Mallard
5. Common Loon
6. American Black Duck
7. Bufflehead
8. Long-tailed Duck
9. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere


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