31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘northern cardinal’

A Slushy Slog

Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Snowshoe Hare, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 January 2023.
Snowshoe Hare.

I knew the rain was coming, so I prepped (emotionally, at least) for a challenging morning hike with dog. Sure enough, the overnight rain—and a temperature in the high 40s (F)—had turned the recent six-plus inches of snow into so much slush. Still, we headed up to the main Beech Hill trailhead, as always, albeit a little later than usual.

As expected, we were first up the slushy trail—wading, basically—and met no other dog or human. I saw no birds either. (Heard the two most dependable species, crow and chickadee.) But did, early on, spy the Snowshoe Hare perched outside its little warren cave.

Pretty sure it’s the same hare I’d seen twice before—same little hidey-hole, anyway—but, boy, was he sopping wet. And so were we.

A brighter, calmer morning tomorrow, and will stay below freezing all day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:56 a.m., I hiked the main trail—and then some.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)

Elsewhere

3. Mourning Dove
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Wild Turkey

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

(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

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

 
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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