Date: 6/5/20 7:11 am
From: Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] June 5, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
2 short comments: we guessed correctly for today's vocabulary word.

You so often "hit home" for me: My great grandfather AFTait was a Hudson
River School painter.

Thanx, Sandy and Mark Turner
Lyman, NH

On Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 8:32 AM Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> wrote:

> 5:13 a.m. 60 degrees, wind breathless, again, out of the N 0 mph. Sky:
> subtly overcast, blue-gray to white, some clouds edged in pale rose; some
> ruffled, others skin-tight; a few portals into the ionosphere, excellent
> glimpses of infinity. A sky made for the Hudson River School. Intermittent
> streams: disappear beneath archways of fern. Permanent streams: shrink,
> almost silent, channel bottoms drying, mud flats extending. Main aquatic
> thread of the wetlands: a crease in green reeds, which push up everywhere.
> Bittern still on the north end, *ga-lunking*.
> Chestnut-sided warbler, ovenbird, and, of course, red-eyed vireo rule the
> air waves. Singing, singing, singing. A lone redstart chimes in. Two
> robins, unbraided, chase each other along a stonewall, wings akimbo slap
> ferns. Seems serious. Sapsucker, a month into tapping the same sugar maple,
> prospects for sap and harvests bugs drawn to it. Pileated jack-hammers a
> distant tree, excellent echos.
> Pond empty of ducks. Thetford's version of *Make Way for Ducklings.*
> Although
> more secretive than the mallard chicks that wandered around Boston Public
> Garden, mersangers follow their mother back and forth between the wetland
> and the pond, crossing the road once the curtain drops on day . . .
> otherwise, they'd be contending with the red-shouldered hawk that sits
> mid-marsh in the pine snag, scanning the world for moment. Yesterday, the
> hawk appeared above the reeds, circling and calling, the original version;
> much sharper, much louder, much longer than the blue jay's cover, which
> tumbles out of treetops or from just above the canopy, not from a thousand
> feet in the air. A second hawk appears, and the two fly in tandem, rising
> and falling on a whim, their voices like lances piercing the valley.
> Mosquitos out in force. The late George Craig, a biology professor at
> Notre Dame University, predicted that the bites from 1,120,000 mosquitoes
> would be enough to exsanguinate an average human. I don't stand still long
> enough to find out.
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