52 degrees F at 3:50 p.m. — and still RAINING for about the third day in a row. Bob and I decided to explore our immediate watershed to see what all this rain is doing to our water systems. We started up at Bob’s Pond, which was full but holding — lots of water running in and lots running out too. The little rivulet that runs down through the woods to the culvert under Sherman Hollow Road and from there down to the Sherman Hollow Brook was swollen and rushing. It was pouring out the far side of the culvert like a waterfall. The brook, which is carrying all this water down to the Huntington River was loud and high, but it’s still running within its banks. Lots of water everywhere, but it’s all doing what it’s supposed to do.


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.

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.

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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