21 February 2024

Wind (and Rain)

Friday, January 13th, 2023
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 January 2023.
Brown Creeper.

Big rains overnight, and a crazy temperature this morning of 50 degrees (F). Anthropogenic warming is so affecting this particular patch of the planet. (I hear Maine snowmobile fanatics have nowhere to go.)

So I didn’t expect much action this very windy morning. Found a good time to hike with Captain Jack—a lull in the rain—and we set off. Not many birds at all (no surprise). In fact, I had a crow on my list for most of the hike before I heard a couple chickadees.

Then a gull flew by in the windy air. And I heard the voice of a jay. And, finally, as we got back to the truck, I managed to get a half-way decent bird photo (see above).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Herring Gull
4. Blue Jay
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch
6. Brown Creeper

Elsewhere

7. Mallard

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

†First-of-year

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