Weather at Bedford, Hanscom Field, MA - via NOAA's National Weather Service

Monday, May 25, 2009

early Memorial Day

Memorial day was early this year - May 25. BUT I got a swim in when we went up to Long Lake in Maine to open up my mother-in-law's house for the summer. Definitely chilly, but well worth it.
I saw my first dragonfly of the season - don't know what kind; big and brown. Found a red-backed salamander under some leaves, and a small American toad as well. The leaves aren't as far out as they are down here.
And this morning on my walk I DID have my binocs when I heard the rose-breasted grosbeak. And I heard and saw another common yellowthroat. My ears are getting better at IDing birds. And I saw a bird that I have not yet been able to identify. It was mostly black, with some orange near its throat and tail, and three white marks, dots almost, on its wing. Its call was a rising "tseeeeeeet" and it was about the size of a titmouse. The eyes were black. It was not a towhee, though the colors were the same - just in a different pattern. Another mystery to work on...
And I saw a hummingbird moth for the first time today. It was really cool. Drinking from my pink rhododendron flowers, it hung around long enough for me to get a good look at it. It looks a little like a bee, and a lot like a small hummingbird, except that it has long antennae.

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