[CT Birds] 7/25 Salisbury & Colebrook

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Fri Jul 26 05:40:30 EDT 2013

Speaking of the summer's changes in song....

The Oven Bird

There is a singer everyone has heard,
Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird,
Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again.
He says that leaves are old and that for flowers
Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten.
He says the early petal-fall is past
When pear and cherry bloom went down in showers
On sunny days a moment overcast;
And comes that other fall we name the fall.
He says the highway dust is over all.
The bird would cease and be as other birds
But that he knows in singing not to sing.
The question that he frames in all but words
Is what to make of a diminished thing.


Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 25, 2013, at 11:31 PM, Dave Provencher <hikerbirder at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dave's right on that. This time if year can be pretty quite in the woods,
> except right around dawn. Many warblers are moving now and several species
> are headed south already. I've been hearing migrating Yellow Warblers for a
> week or more along the shore.
> It's a little surprising how quickly breeders get quiet. I hiked the
> presidential range in NH at the end of June, and even though most of the
> 20+ miles was above treeline, the birds were already singing significantly
> less. The few Bicknell's Thrushes I heard were calling much more than
> singing already, and the Swainsons Thrushes were singing even less than the
> Bicknell's.
> The period of time we in new england get to enjoy the songs of the
> neotropical migrants is way too short for my liking.
> Dave Provencher
> On Thursday, July 25, 2013, David Tripp Jr wrote:
>> Most of the warblers and "northern" breeders become very silent up this
>> way....FYI
>> Dave Tripp
>> On Jul 25, 2013, at 9:33 PM, Tim Antanaitis wrote:
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