Left home at 5:05 a.m. It was 45 degrees out. From my stone wall I heard a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, PHOEBE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, HOUSE WREN, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLUE JAY, ROBIN, CHICKADEE, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. As I started down the road I heard a NUTHATCH, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, and OVENBIRD. Got to Blood’s at 5:20 a.m. and heard a WINTER WREN and RED-EYED VIREO. Near the Brook Trail crossing I heard a VEERY, HERMIT THRUSH, and maybe a CARDINAL. At the Big Bend I heard a SCARLET TANAGER. Got to the Nature Center at 5:37 a.m. and heard a BLUE-HEADED VIREO (I think), REDSTART, and GOLDFINCH. En route to the Lookout I heard a BROWN CREEPER, a CROW in the distance, and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Got to the Lookout at 6:00 a.m. It’s warmer out this morning than it has been, and I’ve had a few bugs to contend with. Given the choice, I think I’d prefer slightly colder weather — but just cold enough to prevent the bugs, not the stone, bone-chilling cold I’ve felt some recent mornings. Sun’s just coming up. I can see it through the trees at the top of Mayo Mountain. As I was leaving the Lookout, two big black birds flew in. They were making funny sounds, and at first I thought they were ravens, but then I heard them caw like CROWS as they flew off. As I wandered along the steep-bank section of the Hires Trail, I heard a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, HERMIT THRUSH, BROWN CREEPER, OVENBIRD, and RED-EYED VIREO. I think I saw a little skirmish — or maybe a mating? — between two HERMIT THRUSHES. Just heard a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER near the Spear Trail intersection. I also heard a SCARLET TANAGER in this area, plus a GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER and a WINTER WREN. Got to Lichen Rock at 6:35 a.m. Heard a BLACK-THROATED GREEN, OVENBIRDS, a SCARLET TANAGER, WINTER WREN, and CHICKADEE. As I started downhill, I decided to poke around a bit looking for Bob’s old bench. No luck. I don’t think I’ll ever find its remains, but I’d still like to for old time’s sake. I think I just heard a JUNCO. Back to the road in time to wave to Ed as he drove down the hill on his way to school. Sun’s warm on my back again this morning. Lots of birds singing from both sides of the road. Waved to the school bus as it went down the hill. I saw a ROBIN at the end of Blood’s old driveway and wondered if it was the dead robin’s mate? Home at 7:15 a.m. Saw what I think was a CHIPPING SPARROW poking around at the end of my driveway.

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