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.
 
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