58 degrees at 5:30 a.m. It’s foggy this morning, so foggy the leaves are dripping. The first sounds I’m hearing are INSECTS. Not a bird to be heard at 5:30 a.m. At least I won’t have to name the insects — I’ll just call them all CRICKETS. Just heard a BLUE JAY and a ROBIN. When I got to Bob’s Pond I flushed several ducks. I couldn’t see them in the early morning foggy light, but I did hear a bit of a “whoo-eek,” which means they were definitely WOOD DUCKS. From the Eagle Scout’s Bench I heard a PHOEBE, plus at least 2 scolding HOUSE WRENS. When I started up toward the Thinking Bench, a WHITE-TAILED DEER went bounding up toward the woods, its white flag clearly visible above the low growing shrubs and ferns. Heard a GOLDFINCH. The benches are too wet to sit on this morning. Maybe I can find some trees to lean against? Saw a bright RED EFT on the trail above the Thinking Bench — and another and another. With all the leaves dripping and everything around me super saturated, it’s definitely an EFTY MORNING. Just heard a PEWEE, a CHICKADEE, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER (I think). At 6:15 a.m. I paused to rest against my Leaning Tree at the top of the Stone Crossing Trail. Moving on, I’m in such a fog-induced fog this morning, I walked right by the Stone Crossing without even pausing to listen or think or wonder. When I realized what I had done, I turned around and hiked back up just to pause there briefly. All I heard was a BLUE JAY, but I did enjoy leaning against a wet log with big drops of water dripping on the page of my notebook. I saw some GREEN ACORNS and GREEN BiTTERNUTS on the ground this morning. The seasons are definitely shifting. Guess we’re headed toward fall.

Ran into young Jonathan near the Power Bench. He was birding around just to see what’s here. He said he saw a REDSTART, which is an addition for my morning’s list, which adds up to 10 species. Home at 7:00 a.m.