Date: 1/9/21 7:32 am From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> Subject: [VTBIRD] January 9, 2021: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
7:35 a.m. 19 degrees, wind N 9 mph. Sky: thickly mottled, sunlight spills through cracks in the clouds and washes down west-sloping hills, an ambiguous morning. Permanent streams: ice outgrowths from the shoreline, transparent curtains reach down the rocks into the tumbling water . . . yesterday's caves, today's crawlspaces. Wetlands: bright but flatly lit, lingering snow transitioning from fresh to tired white. Hairy woodpecker working a pine, invisible but audible, hidden by a phalanx of lanky trees. Pond: where the stream joins its delta, an icy oval, gray and bumpy. Otherwise, hermetically sealed. High overhead, a crow flies north, alone in an equivocal morning.
A purposeful riot: a horde of jays mobs the feeders, flashes of white and cerulean. Ironclad and cranky. A discordant chorus, the neighborhood mix of birdsong recapped and translated. Jays displace titmice and chickadees, disrupt woodpeckers. Sunflower seeds rain on the lawn . . . to the eventual benefit of Ernie, the Hungarian partridge, two hen turkeys, three doves, and three gray squirrels. Everyone else waits around under the fractured sunlight.