31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘blue jay’

South Wind

Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Crow with an attitude, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 January 2023.
Crow with an attitude.

Thought we’d have a little sun this morning, but only barely a little. An overcast and a stout south wind greeted dog and me when we arrived at the main trailhead. Tracks showed that one or two other hikes had arrived and departed before us—likely it was a quick hike for them, as the wind was strong and the trail was a bit slick.

A few birds made their presence known, but only one posed for photos—and that was a crow at the very end of our hike. The sky, though, was lovely. And the company of Jack-my-dog was (as always) the best.

Tomorrow will be warmer with (sigh) some afternoon rain.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)

Elsewhere

6. Herring Gull

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Between Snows

Sunday, January 22nd, 2023
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 January 2023.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Low temps when I first looked at the thermometer this morning: 15° (F). Gray skies (a little glow in the east), and calm air. But nippy.

A lot of folks had headed up the hill yesterday afternoon, so the trails were nicely packed down, and the hike was a nice one. Truly a beautiful gray-sky winter’s day. Few birds still—but more species than yesterday.

Notable were a couple of ravens (both calling those magical calls of theirs), but winter days around here seem more birdy when the sun’s out. That won’t be the case tomorrow, though, as tonight a winter storm will arrive—a storm that’s supposed to drop another eight or ten inches of snow.

Ah, a Maine winter as it should be.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:38 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. Common Raven
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

7. American Robin
8. Northern Cardinal
9. Red-bellied Woodpecker
10. Blue Jay

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

†First-of-year

Wind (and Rain)

Friday, January 13th, 2023
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 January 2023.
Brown Creeper.

Big rains overnight, and a crazy temperature this morning of 50 degrees (F). Anthropogenic warming is so affecting this particular patch of the planet. (I hear Maine snowmobile fanatics have nowhere to go.)

So I didn’t expect much action this very windy morning. Found a good time to hike with Captain Jack—a lull in the rain—and we set off. Not many birds at all (no surprise). In fact, I had a crow on my list for most of the hike before I heard a couple chickadees.

Then a gull flew by in the windy air. And I heard the voice of a jay. And, finally, as we got back to the truck, I managed to get a half-way decent bird photo (see above).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Herring Gull
4. Blue Jay
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch
6. Brown Creeper

Elsewhere

7. Mallard

(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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