Date: 5/17/20 5:34 am From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> Subject: [VTBIRD] May 17, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
5:21 a.m. (Two minutes after sunrise), 45 degrees. Windless and damp. Sky clouded over, a rumpled blanket with holes and tears in the east, radiant along their edges, lit by hidden sun . . . again. Wetland: greener and greener; green visible form my front yard ) or so I think). Coltsfoot in seed. Trillium and sessile bellwort and round-leafed hepatica in flower. Bigtoothed aspen catkins begin to litter the road. Yellow birch: a riot of mustard-colored catkins, a thousand two-inch bottlebrushes, pollen sacs await their appointment with the wind. Woods a quilt of pastel, a dozen shades of green, like the names of Benjamin Moore paint chips: kelly green; forest green; avacado green; lime green, more yellow than green; emerald green. Red maple leaves, for the time being, more red than green. Aspen more gray than green. Pine needles a somber green.
Woke up to titmice, whistling loudly and sharply, in the front yard. To the west, owl in the patch-cut calling above the turkeys, which still sound ramped up. Bittern in the north end of the wetland, called all night; still calls. Robins around the yard noisey; quiet elsewhere. Chickadees and juncos singing. Pair of Canada geese fly in from the northeast, honking; join mallard (his head a deeper green than the reeds; a blend of malachite and olive, perhaps). Geese exist southwest, their voices fading in the distance.
One hermit thrush seen, none heard. Four Nashville warblers and one Tennessee warbler, neither of which nest in the Volunteer State. Tennessee pasing through Coyote Hollow but Nahvilles, following a plan pioneered last week by ovenbirds, divvy the valley; sing with alacrity and verve above the edge of footpaths, driveways, and woodland openings, pausing to feed now and again amid clusters of baby leaves. A female *myrtle* warbler visits a fresh ring of sapsucker holes, while the sapsucker, preoccupied, practices Morse Code elsewhere.
Three male yellowthroats, bolt upright in alders, singing. Poster-bird for COVID-19: wears mask and practise social-distancing.