5:00 a.m. 45 degrees F: Another MOUSE in one of my new Victory traps this morning. I’m up early again, so I’m going to try another walk. When I first went out, I saw no stars at all and was a little disappointed after yesterday’s magnificent sky. I figured there must be a thick cloud cover and just started walking up the road in the dark. At one point I looked over my shoulder, though, and spotted ORION high in the southern sky. When I turned all the way around to look more closely, I realized there were quite a few stars showing through a big break in the clouds. I turned back and continued on my way, hoping to catch glimpses of a few more stars here and there. No luck, and when I turned around to head home, the sky was completely socked in. I heard Buffy’s ROOSTER — or maybe it was her hens? — making high-pitched noises at 5:10 a.m., but I never heard a clear cock-a-doodle-doo. Also heard BARRED OWLS just hooting at first, then having one of those strange “conversations” full of all kinds of wild sounds. Home at 5:40 a.m.

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