5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘mallard’

Birds’ Return

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 January 2023.
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

The landscape was iced over this morning when dog and I headed up for a daily Beech Hill hike. But the winds were much calmer than yesterday, and the temperature was mild (for winter), and the sun began to peek through the clouds. I had hope such conditions would lure a few birds out.

And it happened. Eight species showed up during our time on the hill, and a nuthatch even posed for photos.

But temperatures for the next couple days will exceed freezing, and that’ll be followed up by snow (so they say), so there’s no telling what’ll appear these next few crazy days.

Whatever it is, we’ll be ready for it.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:34 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Canada Goose (v)
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Red-breasted Nuthatch
7. Common Raven
8. American Robin* (v)

Elsewhere

9. Northern Cardinal (v)
10. Mallard
11. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

Days Like This

Saturday, January 14th, 2023
Turkey on the lawn, Rockport, Maine, 14 January 2023.
Turkey on the lawn.

A morning with temps right around freezing, stout winds out of the north-northwest, and a light freezing rain. Didn’t think I’d see many birds during my daily excursion up the hill with Captain Jack.

And I sure enough didn’t. For most of our usual three-mile hike, I had only the dependables: crow and chickadee. But, as yesterday, back at the parking lot, I added a couple more species (kinglet and creeper). And back home, I added a couple more—and out doing errands, another.

There will be days like this. And—judging by the weather reports—the next couple might be among them.

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

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Golden-crowned Kinglet
4. Brown Creeper (v)

Elsewhere

5. Mallard
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Wild Turkey
8. Northern Cardinal (v)

(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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