At 5:20 a.m., it’s 48 degrees out. From my Stone Wall, I heard a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, ROBIN, HOUSE WREN, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. I also noticed that the MOON was still visible, even closer to half than yesterday. When I walked down the road the short distance to my side boundary pin, I saw a long, slender cloud floating directly above Camel’s Hump and heard a BLUE JAY. On my way up to Bob’s Pond, I heard a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, SONG SPARROW, and VEERY (I think — I heard just its veer note). At the pond I heard a HERMIT THRUSH. Also heard a woodpecker feeding on a tree near the pond and finally SAW A DOWNY. Heard a RED-EYED VIREO, OVENBIRD, WINTER WREN, and PHOEBE above the pond. From the Thinking Bench, I heard a CHICKADEE and TUFTED TITMOUSE. In the woods on my way up to the back boundary, I heard a SCARLET TANAGER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER. Got to my Sitting Root at 6:02 a.m. It feels quiet here this morning. It’s a lovely morning, but the sound seems somewhat subdued. My brain feels subdued too, or maybe it’s my whole body that’s tired…. Heard a PEWEE and YELLOW-BELLED SAPSUCKER. Moving on, I heard a BROWN CREEPER. Got to my Leaning Rock at 6:20 a.m. It’s peaceful here this morning — only an occasional gentle breeze blowing through. OVENBIRDS own the airwaves with an occasional PEWEE tuning from the distance — and a woodpecker tapping on a tree. Heard a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. MOSQUITOES are active this morning. Time to move on. Along the logging road, I heard a LEAST FLYCATCHER, WOOD THRUSH, REDSTART, and JUNCO. At the corner where the logging road rounds a bend and starts downhill, I heard lots of song. The sun is shining through the leaves right here. Is that why the birds are singing? Or is it the convergence of habitats here — my woods, Cote’s woods, and Saxtons’ clearcut? Maybe both? As I head downhill, I’m still hearing a Wood Thrush — a second one? At the Stone Crossing at 6:45, I heard a Red-eyed Vireo, Robin, Chickadee, Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, Blue-headed Vireo, Ovenbird, woodpecker drumming, MOURNING DOVE in the distance, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The water here is only faintly audible this morning. As I headed downhill I heard YOUNG RAVENS in the distance (I think), a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, the metallic chink of a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, a GOLDFINCH, and GRACKLES. Altogether I heard or saw 34 species this morning.

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