Thursday, August 18, 2011

Summer 12: Reunion

6:30am-7:15am, my neighborhood + Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
cool, breezy, scattered clouds

A "tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle" singin' Carolina Wren serenaded me before I'd gotten one block from my house.
He lured me first with this trill:

Then, I re-visited the Arboretum for the first time since early June. It was a gorgeous and happy reunion!

I reveled in the lush, dense greens; the new shoulder-high meadows where last I'd seen cropped lawns; the bright dimples of wildflower-color everywhere.

Running into Rocco and his owner, I babbled happily about how nice it was to see the Arboretum at its peak of summer glory. He burst my bubble by pointing out that there were already many fallen leaves, brown, on the path. I remembered the acorn from Franklin Park last week. My spirit dipped momentarily.

As I strolled home, I noticed a whole stand of trees standing in inches of dead, brown leaves, and decided that those must be LAST YEAR's leaves, that have not decomposed yet. That's my story and I'm sticking to it...!

Other birds this week:

On Tuesday 8/16 I heard a crazy bird in Watertown in my friend's backyard - new to me, though a little bit like a catbird in its eclectic and sheer weird-ness. To be recorded!

Earlier that afternoon, I stopped by magical Mt. Auburn Cemetery, as the sun broke through a day of clouds, dappling incredible beeches and deeply-creviced sugar maples.

I enjoyed this funny bird who looked almost like a non-blue (grey? white?) blue jay. Large, crowned head, black marks on his otherwise white throat.

Sunday 8/14

late morning, Franklin Park, Jamaica Plain, MA


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