31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘American robin’

A Birdy Day

Monday, 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

No One

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023
American Robin, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 January 2023.
American Robin.

The sun came out this morning, revealing a few more inches of snow. About 20° (F) to start, with a wondrous clouds above. Animal tracks in the snow, and a few birds about. Slight breeze.

Fixed my snowshoes last night, and they worked fine today—but the crusty snow wasn’t great for Jack, so I hiked first to flatten things for him.

Saw no one—no dog nor human. Sometimes days like that are fine for Jack and me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:10 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Downy Woodpecker** (v)
2. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
3. American Robin**
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

8. Northern Cardinal (v)

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

†First-of-year

Snowshoes

Monday, January 23rd, 2023
Northern Flicker in flight, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 January 2023.
Northern Flicker in flight.

Snowstorm in the forecast, and sure enough it snowed most of the night and was coming down pretty good when I took a little time to shovel the driveway. Oddly, though—and contrary to the forecast—by the time we got to the hill, we had light rain.

Hiked all trails, had few birds, saw no other humans or dogs, had trouble with one of my snowshoes. In fact, we both got a tone of exercise slogging through it all. Was lucky to get a crappy distant photo of a flicker.

Still snowing tonight, so who knows what tomorrow will bring—but I believe there might be a little sun.

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

1. American Crow (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Northern Flicker

Elsewhere

4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. American Robin (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)

(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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