5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘herring gull’

F-f-frigid

Saturday, February 4th, 2023
The dog and his shadow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 February 2023.
The dog and his shadow.

The forecasts called for –15° (F) temperatures overnight last night. Captain Jack woke me up a bit early, and I checked the weather, and it was –17°. A couple hours later, it was maybe –12°—but at that point, I knew we weren’t gonna hike until afternoon, when the temperatures would be above zero, and the winds would be only (only!) 15 mph.

So that’s what we did. It was a brilliantly sunny day, which—for those in the know—tend to be the coldest winter days, but by 2 p.m. or so, the air measured about 5°, and the winds had died down some. Considering the bright sun, we headed on up the hill.

As yesterday, we were alone up there. And—despite my pessimism—I actually had three birds on my list. (No photos, though.) And the discomfort turned out to be somewhat less than yesterday morning’s, likely because of the sun’s warmth and lighter winds.

Tomorrow will be balmy by comparison.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:14 p.m., I hiked the main trail—and then some.

1. American Crow
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Herring Gull

Elsewhere

4. Northern Cardinal (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

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

†First-of-year

Before the Big Chill

Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
American Crow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 February 2023.
American Crow.

Since tomorrow’s supposed to bring the first of two days of super-frigid temperates (and high winds), I made a point of enjoying this not-that-frigid winter hike with dog this morning. Wasn’t sure what to expect, bird-wise.

In fact—perhaps on account of the overcast—there were fewer species (and birds) than yesterday. But still a few bluebirds and yellowrumps, along with a raven.

No woodpeckers, though. I’m already trying to divine what (if any) birds I might find on my list during tommorrow’s cold and wind.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:33 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Crow (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Common Raven (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

8. Herring Gull
9. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

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

†First-of-year

C-c-cold, Clear, Calm

Wednesday, 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

 
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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