It’s 54 degrees out at 6:10 a.m. From my Stone Wall and the road in front of my house, I heard a BLUE JAY, GRACKLE, the metallic chink of a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, a HOUSE WREN, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, TUFTED TITMOUSE, and GOLDFINCH. I can still see a shrinking HALF MOON overhead. From the field on my way up to Bob’s Pond, I heard an OVENBIRD. At Bob’s Pond I heard a MOURNING DOVE, and from the Thinking Bench I heard a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BROWN CREEPER, and ROBIN. In the woods on my way up to the back boundary, I heard a BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, RED-EYED VIREO, HERMIT THRUSH, and SCARLET TANAGER. From my Sitting Root, I heard a JUNCO and PEWEE. It’s muggy and still this morning. I prefer it a bit cooler and with just enough breeze to keep the bugs away. Got to my Leaning Rock at 7:05 a.m. It’s too hot and buggy to lean very long. I did lean briefly just to be here, but all I heard was MOSQUITOES — and a LEAST FLYCATCHER in the distance. Moving on, I noticed fresh MOOSE TRACKS in the mud. They were headed toward the Saxtons’ boundary this time, which means moose use this road to travel both ways. As I rounded the bend and headed downhill, I heard a WINTER WREN. Got to the Stone Crossing at 7:20 a.m. Heard Ovenbirds, a Brown Creeper, Red-eyed Vireos, a Robin, and a Hermit Thrush. Added a GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER and a CHICKADEE. When I got closer to the Saxtons’ Meadow, I heard a SONG SPARROW — for a total of 25 species this morning.

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