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Monday, February 27th, 2023
Turkey Vulture (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 February 2023.
Turkey Vulture (first of year).

Chilly again—single digits early, but 10° or 11° by the time dog and I hit the trailhead. Blue, blue sky, and not too much breeze. A couple inches of snow fell overnight, so I didn’t need my grips. We were the first up the wooded trail, and right away I detected a bunch of bird activity.

Chickadees, robins, Pine Grosbeaks (sixteen!), raven, yellow-rump, nuthatches, titmouse, brown creepers, woodpeckers, and—perhaps most notably—a Turkey Vulture. First of year.

In all, thirteen species—most in a while—and, despite the wintry landscape, I had the distinct feeling that spring is just around the corner.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Robin
3. Pine Grosbeak
4. American Crow*
5. Brown Creeper
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
7. Common Raven (v)
8. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
10. Turkey Vulture†
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. Hairy Woodpecker
13. Downy Woodpecker


14. Herring Gull
15. Rock Pigeon
16. Mallard

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


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