A study in grays and browns. Northern Mockingbird at marsh edge, off Depot Road in Hampton Falls.
These slender-bodied gray birds apparently pour all their color into their personalities. They sing almost endlessly, even sometimes at night, and they flagrantly harass birds that intrude on their territories, flying slowly around them or prancing toward them, legs extended, flaunting their bright white wing patches.
The snow is melted off the old railroad bed that runs through the Hampton Marsh, a favorite spot of mine for walking and bird watching in spring and late fall. A bit thick with poison ivy in summer.
Depot Road is one way to access the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary, which has been named an Important Bird Area.
It was windy yesterday and I will return soon on a balmier day. There were 50 or so crows messing around in the marsh, several small shorebirds that may have been greater or lesser yellowlegs, and one stately great egret in breeding plumage – pure white with neon green around its eyes.