Saw a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET  in the shrub outside the kitchen window this morning.  Saw two RUFFED GROUSE on the old logging road that goes up the hill, one with tail fanned and ruff raised, the other kind of ordinary looking. The ordinary looking one flushed first. It didn’t fly very far. When I took another step the other one flushed. Now a RED SQUIRREL  is chirping and squeaking at me. Scared some small birds out of a brush heap. They’re hiding in a white pine where I can’t see them. Still some CRICKETS chirping in the meadows. Flushed another RUFFED GROUSE just beyond the cabin meadow on the extension of Spear Memorial Highway. Another grouse–maybe the same one I just flushed–scared me by flying up right next to me.

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