5 February 2023

C-c-cold, Clear, Calm

February 1st, 2023
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 February 2023.
Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 February 2023.
Eastern Bluebird.

When I first checked the outside temperature this morning, it was 9° (F). We waited a bit longer than usual to head up to the trailhead, by which time it was maybe 12° or 3°. Near cloudless, though, and calm—so it was a lovely, lovely hike.

And a bunch of birds showed up, too. Most notably a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers appeared along the lower wooded trail (only saw the female), but there were bluebirds at the summit, joined (as usual) by yellow-rumps.

Heard a raven (not unusual, really), and both chickadees and titmice were singing their spring songs. (In a couple days it sure won’t feel like spring, but the photoperiod tells the tale.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:48 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Hairy Woodpecker (drumming)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Robin
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. Red-bellied Woodpecker
7. American Crow* (v)
8. Common Raven (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

12. Herring Gull

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Crow

January 31st, 2023
American Crow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 January 2023.
American Crow.

The sky was lovely this morning during my hike up the hill with dog. Some blue, some white, some golden sun, some gray clouds—just a heck of a potpourri. Colder than yesterday (and with frigid weather coming), and, looking down, there was fresh snow.

About four or five new, dry, fluffy inches. Covered up much of the ice and trail streams, which was nice. Not many bird species, but enough to get my rather excited.

Only one presented a photo op: a crow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:57 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. American Crow*
4. Brown Creeper (v)
5. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
6. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Herring Gull
9. Northern Cardinal
10. Mallard

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

†First-of-year

A Birdy Day

January 30th, 2023
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 January 2023.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

This morning dawned clear for the first time in several days. Warmish, too—low-30s (F), and not a lot of wind. Dog and I headed for the wooded trailhead in hopes that the trail wasn’t too slippery. We were the first, and I soon heard the voices of birds, and the trails weren’t aggravatingly slippery, and it turned out to be a lovely hike.

I thought the blue skies might presage a bluebird day, and it did! About a dozen or so of that species, with a couple-three yellow-rumps tagging along. Also robins, and other alluring sightings.

Final tally, eleven species. Likely a little snow tonight, but tomorrow should be a similar day. Best enjoy it, since the forecast calls for Friday night’s temps are forecast to dip to –15° (F) or below. Saturday will be an interesting one.

And on and on we go, Captain Jack and I.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:13 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Crow* (v)
5. American Robin
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Northern Flicker
11. Herring Gull*

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

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

†First-of-year

 
Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson



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