Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 60: Jay!

Peters Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA, 6:50am-7:15am
very clear, frosty, chilly

I climbed up Peters Hill just as the sun emerged from its hill/tree horizon.

Everything was submerged in a rosy-orange light, which is beautifying but also makes identification more difficult.

Today's bird flew over to a tree close to me, landing conspicuously on a low branch.
He made that glassy double-whistle that I've been enjoying so much lately, immediately followed by a jay's screech. They seemed to emanate from the same bird. Could it be that this melodious whistle is a jay call?

I was much surprised, and tried to follow the bird from tree to tree, trailing as closely as I dared. He had a little crown, and the expected long perky tail. But it was hard to identify more details given the rose filter of dawn.

At home, I sketch a piece alternating between harsh raucous sounds and gentle whistles of same bird.


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