Leaving at 6:00 a.m. It’s 45 degrees out. Standing by my Stone Wall, I heard a TUFTED TITMOUSE, HOUSE WREN (are they nesting again?), several GRACKLES, a BLUE JAY, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. The MOON is visible again this morning, showing just a little more than half of its former self. DAY LILIES are in bloom. Walking up Charlie’s side of the field, I heard a NUTHATCH, OVENBIRD, WINTER WREN, and RED-EYED VIREO. Near Bob’s Pond I SAW a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. At the far end of the pond I saw the MOON reflected in the water. Nice moment — not a Kodak moment, but a special image for me to remember in my own private visual repository. Heard a CHICKADEE on my way up to the Thinking Bench. At the Thinking Bench I heard a ROBIN and SCARLET TANAGER (in the distance). Started up into the woods at 6:28 a.m. Heard a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WOOD THRUSH, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. I paused to look up at a loud SCARLET TANAGER and got a nice look at him. Heard a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER as I continued to climb. Made it to the Cote Boundary in 14 minutes this morning. The extra four minutes were well-spent because I actually SAW the SCARLET TANAGER. From my Sitting Root, I heard a HERMIT THRUSH, PEWEE, and JUNCO. Got to my Leaning Rock at 6:53 a.m. Heard lots of WOODPECKERS — at least three drumming in the area. Also heard a REDSTART and BROWN CREEPER, plus eight of the species I had heard on my way here. I love the coolness of this rock. It’s worth hiking up here just to rest against it and look up into the tall tree tops. The bird songs help too. Moving on (starting downhill), I heard a WOOD THRUSH — a second one? Got to the Stone Crossing at 7:23 a.m. The water is audible again this morning. There’s lots of light here because several of the big trees have died, been blown over, or been cut. Moving on, I heard a LEAST FLYCATCHER down near Saxtons’ Meadow. Heard a strange loud sound coming from Saxtons’ Woods just above the meadow. It sounded like a hoarse huffing. Whatever animal is making this strange sound, it sounds BIG! Just heard a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD and a SONG SPARROW. Home at 7:55 a.m. having heard 26 species in about 2 hours — and once again enjoyed my early morning walk.

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