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Day of Mixed Blessings

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
American Black Ducks, Rockport Harbor, Maine, 22 January 2019.
American Black Ducks.

Zero degrees (F) to start the day, with a pretty stout wind, to boot. Waited until late morning to hike with dog—mostly thinking of dog—and all was fine in the brilliant sun. Encountered no birds on the hill.

Birds at the harbor and elsewhere, though. Then, toward the end of the day, ol’ Jack apparently pulled a muscle roughhousing. Emergency vet, pills—and no hikes for at least five days. (Ack.)

A day of mixed blessings, this day.

Beech Hill List
No birds seen or heard on the hill today.


1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. Herring Gull
4. American Crow
5. Rock Pigeon
6. American Black Duck
7. Mallard (v)
8. Common Loon
9. Pine Grosbeak (v)
10. Cooper’s Hawk

v = Voice only

A Boreal Kind of Day

Monday, January 21st, 2019
Crow on the beach, Rockport, Maine, 21 January 2019.
Crow on the beach.

Never got out of the single digits today. The day dawned gray, with about an inch of ice covering the snow from yesterday’s storm. This made it difficult to get around—both on foot and in motorized vehicles. Got to the hill nonetheless, but Jack didn’t want to get out of the truck. Too cold, I guess, and the prospect of treading on all that snow. So I brought him back home and returned without him at midday.

Still cold, still a strong north wind—a regular boreal kind of day.

But when I swung by the harbor, I found quite a few miscellaneous bird species—a few of them even willing to pose for pics.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Herring Gull*


3. American Black Duck
4. Rock Pigeon
5. Pine Grosbeak
6. Mallard
7. American Robin

*Also elsewhere

Portrait of Black Duck

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
American Black Duck (mugshot), Rockport Harbor, Maine, 16 January 2019.
American Black Duck (mugshot).

A warmish, breezy, overcast hike up the hill today. Jack and I dashed ahead of a volunteer work party, saw a bunch of bird species—including a pair of ravens—then returned to find a half dozen Pine Grosbeaks nipping buds off the upper branches of a hardwood.

Also swung by the harbor, where the ice was breaking up, and got a rather well-lit portrait of a black duck in the afternoon sun.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. White-breasted Nuthatch
4. Tufted Titmouse
5. Common Raven
6. Pine Grosbeak
7. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
8. American Robin


9. Herring Gull
10. Mallard
11. Rock Pigeon
12. American Black Duck

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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