Red Tail, Blue Sky

photographs and text by Brian Willson

Red-tailed hawk

Cold and achingly clear today. I shoveled the rest of the walkways, etc., and got a lot of work done. Then went with dog to Beech Hill.

Someone—perhaps two people—had tramped down my snowshoe tracks from yesterday, making today’s hike a lot easier. Nobody else hiking while we were up there, but I did hear chickadees, did see a flicker (and heard another), and came upon a handsome adult red-tail hovering above the southern slope in the achingly brisk wind. Liked to froze my fingers off working to get a decent photo.

Back in the parking lot, I heard the chips of a yellow-rumped warbler. Must’ve been one cold little mofo.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped chickadee* (v)
2. Northern flicker
3. Red-tailed hawk
4. Yellow-rumped warbler (v)

Elsewhere

5. American crow
6. White-breasted nuthatch
7. American robin
8. Herring gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Tiny tracks