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Science fiction sky

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
Sun, from Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 27 February 2011.

Sun.

I awoke this morning to the sound of fog whistles—or fog horns, whatever you want to call them. That could mean only one thing: snow. Sure enough, an inch or two had fallen. A few light flakes still in the air. A tufted titmouse singing out there somewhere.

The trail, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 27 February 2011.

The trail.

On my first trip out with dog, I heard the unmistakable calls of Bohemian waxwings. I think I must’ve spooked a small flock—did not see them anywhere. But out front, I heard them again. (Still didn’t see ’em.) By then the snow let up. A herring gull flew by. The sun tried to poke through, then withdrew. Later, I sat at my desk for a good while, with Jack napping nearby.

We got up and out a little late in afternoon. Quick trip to Beech Hill. En route, three or four mallards flew rapidly above Powerhouse Hill.

None but us up there, though a few had passed before. Jack led, I snowshoed up behind him. The sky had scraps of blue in it but was mostly a ripply mass of clouds. Still, the disk of the sun shone through in the southwest, making the sky seem like some kind of sky from another planet. I paused to take a photo or two—and heard the call of a black-capped chickadee.

Beech Nut, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 27 February 2011.

Beech Nut.

The chickadee and a crow whose distant voice I heard near the summit were the only birds up there today. The rest was only snow, hillside, distance, sun, and science fiction sky.

Back home, I heard the resident house finches—they seem to get active late in the day.

I had an affair to attend tonight. It snowed a little more. But all in all a rather nice evening—with mallards quacking up a storm in Clam Cove.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped chickadee (voice)
2. American crow (voice)

Elsewhere

3. Tufted titmouse
4. Bohemian waxwing
5. Herring gull
6. Mallard
7. House finch

Birch, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 27 February 2011.

Birch.

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