30 March 2023

Posts Tagged ‘bald eagle’

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)


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

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


Eagle flyby

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023
Bald Eagle, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 February 2023.
Bald Eagle flyby.

Welp, we’re supposed to get quite the winter snowstorm tonight and tomorrow, part of a continent-wide weather system crossing the country east to west. So today stood as a sort of blue-sky respite: chilly, a bit breezy, but lovely—and with quite a few nice birds.

Bluebirds still, along with the usual other suspects and a too-shy Brown Creeper. But most exciting was the last bird on my morning list—a lone Bald Eagle flying by in the mostly blue sky above the Beech Hill summit.

Tomorrow, from what I gather, dog and I will be hiking in snow up an already snowy hill. (Will report back.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:53 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
6. American Goldfinch
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Brown Creeper
9. Eastern Bluebird
10. American Robin
11. Bald Eagle


12. Carolina Wren
13. Herring Gull
14. Rock Pigeon

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



Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Two robins, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 February 2023.
Two robins.

Yes, it was warmer this morning—much warmer. And by the time dog and I started our hike, warmer still. (And in afternoon, very much warmer.) Overcast, with a hazy sun occasionally, but warm, and only breezy.

As I kind of suspected would happen after so great a windblown chill, the birds came back. Had a dozen species today—including a Bald Eagle flyby, at which point my camera froze and didn’t save my photos (grr)—some of which posed. It was a comfortable hike, a good one. Even a great one.

Thankful I can do this daily, and for my daily companion. ??

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:29 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. Bald Eagle
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. Common Raven (v)
6. American Robin
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Brown Creeper
9. American Goldfinch** (v)
10. White-breasted Nuthatch**
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. Downy Woodpecker


13. Blue Jay

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


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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