5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘white-breasted nuthatch’

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

Crow

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
American Crow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 January 2023.
American Crow.

The sky was lovely this morning during my hike up the hill with dog. Some blue, some white, some golden sun, some gray clouds—just a heck of a potpourri. Colder than yesterday (and with frigid weather coming), and, looking down, there was fresh snow.

About four or five new, dry, fluffy inches. Covered up much of the ice and trail streams, which was nice. Not many bird species, but enough to get my rather excited.

Only one presented a photo op: a crow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:57 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. American Crow*
4. Brown Creeper (v)
5. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
6. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Herring Gull
9. Northern Cardinal
10. 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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