September 2010


48 degrees F at 5:45 a.m. Waning gibbous MOON shining through the clouds and mist. I saw only one star — probably SIRIUS. Buffy’s ROOSTER crowed at 6:05 a.m.. Not long after I heard the rooster, I heard a BARRED OWL call from way down across the road from my house. At about 6:15 I started hearing more birds: ROBIN, CATBIRD, BLUE JAY, SONG SPARROW, and one thin, tentative song from a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.

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50 degrees F at 5:30 a.m. Another gray and cloudy morning. No stars, no moon. Buffy’s ROOSTER crowed at 5:40 a.m., and a BARRED OWL hooted from the woods up behind Lisa’s

64 degrees F at 5:20 a.m. Another cloudy humid morning. I think I heard SPRING PEEPERS amidst the CRICKETS that were singing in the background. I saw some stars among the clouds — at one point ORION but not SIRIUS, then SIRIUS but not ORION. The MOON appeared and disappeared several times. It still looks close to full. Buffy’s ROOSTER crowed at about 5:30 a.m., and that was the only bird I heard this morning. Strange weather we’re having.

55 degrees F at 5:55 a.m.: It was muggy and humid this morning. Lots of clouds and a bit of wind. I heard a DEER SNORTING across from Buffy’s. I always thought that was a male deer making some kind of public announcement, but Bob told me it’s the female who makes that sound as a warning to her fawn. Otherwise not much sound or activity this morning. No stars or moon either. Oh well, at least I took my walk.

ROAD TRIP TO THE NORTHEAST KINGDOM: Bob’s been talking about wanting to drive up to the Northeast Kingdom, so we decided to go today. It was a LONG DRIVE…. I routed us to Island Pond by way of Montpelier and St. Johnsbury, which is the longest way I could have chosen. Next time we’ll go straight up Route 100, then to Craftsbury and cross country from there.

When we got to Island Pond, we took the South America Pond Road way down into the Wenlock and West Mountain Wildlife Management Areas. Lots of wild country, but no birds. To visit Moose Bog, we would have had to walk a distance and we were too tired to hike, so I drove us back to Island Pond and got Bob some ice cream as a consolation gift. Then we drove home by way of East Charleston, over the mountain to Westmore/Lake Willoughby, then to Orleans, Irasburg, Lowell, and all the way down Route 100 back to Waterbury. It was a long and tiring day, but I enjoyed spending it with Bob.

44 degrees F at 5:20 a.m.: Big bright magnificent MOON this morning. It looked full, but I’ll have to check on that.* It was high over the western horizon and got lower as I walked. Heard a dog bark at about 5:40 a.m. Buffy’s ROOSTER crowed right then too. Home at 5:50 a.m. with the MOON on my mind.

I went to the U.S. Naval Observatory’s Sunrise/Sunset/Moon Phase page to see when the moon was or is going to be full: They say 23 September 2010 at 5:18 a.m., so my morning MOON was just two minutes beyond full when I first saw it!

34 degrees F at 6:40 a.m. It was way to bright for stars by the time I got started this morning. The trade-off was some subtle pinks and reds over Camel’s Hump where the sun was going to rise. Heard BLUE JAYS, ROBINS, and GOLDFINCHES.

38 degrees F at 5:45 a.m. Not much for stars this morning. I could just barely make out ORION and SIRIUS. There were a few other faint stars here and there and also that one bright one near the the western horizon, which I’ve decided is actually the planet JUPITER. I heard on the car radio that JUPITER is visible  in the eastern sky at sunset, so it’s only logical that it would be visible on the western horizon at sunrise. Not much for birds this morning. Heard a CATBIRD up by Buffy’s, then some peeps and cheeps on my way back down the road. When I was in front of my own house, I heard a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW sing its whole song. Also saw a COTTONTAIL RABBIT hopping across the road.

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