28 February 2024

First Owl

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Glimpse of Snowy Owl, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 February 2019.
Glimpse of Snowy Owl.
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 February 2019.
February bluebird.

A rather typical morning for February—nippy, breezy, bright. ice grips on. Quite a few little birds at the parking lot, along with crows and ravens.

At the summit, I spied a crow cawing rather near the hut, down the eastern slope a bit, and wondered if it might be alerting to a fox or something. The voice seemed growly and deliberate. Alas, I got fixated on the crow itself, and not until I got near enough to spook it into flight did I also spook my first Snowy Owl of the season. Got photographic proof, at least

Later, a pair of bluebirds flew into the leafless crown of a trailside birch tree.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Tufted Titmouse* (v)
4. Common Raven
5. Snowy Owl
6. Downy Woodpecker
7. Eastern Bluebird


8. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
9. Herring Gull

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

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