5:50 a.m. 48 degrees F: Got a later start this morning so there was more light, but the sky was cloudy again so no stars — except for two singles. One was high overhead in the southern sky, and the other was lower down, closer to the western horizon. I’m also hearing more birds at this hour: BLUE JAYS, CATBIRD (maybe two), and Buffy’s ROOSTER, who crowed loudly at 6:00 a.m. Also heard CROWS, a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK’S metallic chink note, and a pretty, bubbly little mystery song from near Buffy’s apple trees. Now I’m wondering whether the “star” near the western horizon is actually a planet or satellite. It’s totally isolated and quite bright. Maybe both of this morning’s “stars” aren’t stars? Just heard a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Heard a GOLDFINCH on my way home and a NUTHATCH (probably a WHITE-BREASTED) in front of my house. Home at 6:30 a.m.

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