24 June 2024

Snow Day

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
Mallard in the snow, Rockport, Maine, 02 March 2023.
Mallard in the snow.

The forecast was for a chance of snow showers most of today, so I wore my big winter coat despite temperatures of just above freezing. And snow it did. A good few inches of wet, wind-blown snow. Captain Jack and I ended up sopping wet at the end of our fun, quiet, snowy hike.

Few birds on the hill—saw a dozen robins, three other species—but a little gang of Mallards showed up at home after our return. Thus today’s photo.

Snowed for most of the day, making for slow traffic, an accident or two on the roads, and just an interesting winter’s spate of errands. But the sun’s supposed to emerge tomorrow, so likely a different bird situation.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:38 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Northern Flicker (v)
3. American Robin
4. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

5. Mallard
6. Herring Gull
7. Rock Pigeon
8. Bald Eagle

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

†First-of-year

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