Date: 5/16/20 11:44 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] May 16, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
Yes, they are beautiful, if difficult to hear.

Pura Vida,
Ted

On Sat, May 16, 2020 at 1:03 PM Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...> wrote:

> Argh - you have to rub it in about hearing the Blackburnian Warbler. It's
> been a good 3 years since we've heard one, but still see one now and then -
> not too shabby!
>
> Cheers, Sandy and Mark Turner
> Lyman, NH
>
> On Sat, May 16, 2020 at 8:11 AM Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> wrote:
>
> > 5:25 a.m. 50 degrees, NW wind 4 mph. Saturated atmosphere: cloud
> > ceiling thicker than cloud cellar, an extensive canopy of moisture born
> of
> > the sky touching the earth, like a jungle sunrise without the sun. Mount
> > Ascutney screened by mist. What's left of the moon remains hidden behind
> > the eastern hills, the sun (somewhere) passes by.
> >
> > Last night: not ideal migration conditions. Warblers like paper airplanes
> > do better with a tailwind, stay aloft longer, cover more ground,
> > expend less energy. Thus far, 2020 spring migration in Coyote Hollow:
> more
> > spillout than fallout; more dribble than spate; more whisper than shout.
> > Today's warbler roster: black-throated green; black and white; northern
> > parula (FOY); yellowthroat; ovenbird (three); yellow; blackburnian (FOY),
> > and Nashville. Real fallout: May 16, 2016, Magee Marsh, south shore of
> Lake
> > Erie, western, Ohio: Jordan and I overwhelmed by nineteen species of
> > warblers, many eye-level and arm's lengths, idled on wooden railings and
> > benches, flitting through shrubs. Exhausted warblers. Hungry warblers.
> > Arriving at warp speed. Some so close we took their portraits with
> > cellphones. Waves of bay-breasted and Cape May warblers, birds I don't
> > often see in Vermont. Dozens of hooded and prothonotary warblers, birds I
> > never see in Vermont. There were birds beyond counting. Joyous and
> > bewildered, we just looked and looked . . . The fallout also included
> > rock-star birders, Victor Emanuel and Kenn Kaufman, among them, both of
> > whom we also checked out.
> >
> > A migratory event not to be repeated in Coyote Hollow today, however.
> > Stereophonic walk: south of me, bittern calls from the reeds; north of
> me,
> > turkeys gobble in the oaks. In between: a wood thrush sings (perhaps
> he'll
> > stay); two winter wrens, songs somewhat subdued. A Nashville warbler
> sings
> > and probes new leaves high in a cherry tree, breakfast table cum stage,
> > wandering between old webworm webs, which hang like frayed socks. His
> > two-part song enriches my walk. Pairs of chickadees heedless of
> > social-distancing, forage too close. Blackburnian warbler song seeps out
> > from a veil of hemlock branches. Who needs AARP's weekly invitation to
> have
> > my hearing tested . . . I can still hear blackburnian high notes, the
> > tinkling of distant chimes. More whisperer than crooner.
> >
>
 
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