30 November 2022

Wintry Temps

Monday, November 21st, 2022
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 November 2022.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Wore my winter coat this morning, ’cause the temperature was about 19° (F) and the winds were high. Fingers and lips got a bit number on the way up the hill—although Captain Jack seemed perfect comfortable—but on the way back down, with the wind at our backs, the air felt almost balmy.

Few birds again, but the buntings were still hanging out behind the hut. Also encountered a whole shoot-load of chickadees, quite a few yellow-rumps, etc.

Most notable? A pair of Turkey Vultures. (Did not expect that—especially not on such a chilly morn.) And back home, a bunch of plain ol’ turkeys. And coots at Chickawaukie Lake, and a vee of geese flying over Route 1.

The temperature’s supposed to rise a few degrees by morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:22 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Purple Finch (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Snow Bunting
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Turkey Vulture
8. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

9. American Coot
10. Double-crested Cormorant
11. Herring Gull
12. Canada Goose
13. Wild Turkey

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

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