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. >