24 June 2024

End of Winter

Sunday, March 19th, 2023
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 March 2023.
Black-capped Chickadee.

I knew it’d be nippier than yesterday, but wasn’t expecting to get snowed on at dog and I started up the main Beech Hill trail this morning. Sure enough, a brisk west wind was blowing little flakes around, and I was thankful I decied to wear my winter coat. Captain Jack, of course, is always wearing his winter coat.

Not as many bird species as yesterday, but noteworthy were Mourning Dove, Herring Gull, another Killdeer, and a raven.

Spring arrives tomorrow, sneaking up on me. Wonder what spring’ll bring.

(This afternoon, driving Route 90, I spied a solitary Northern Harrier.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:34 a.m. (8:34 fake time), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Mourning Dove (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Herring Gull*
7. Killdeer (v)
8. Common Raven (v)
9. American Robin (v)

Elsewhere

10. Northern Harrier

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

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