Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 13: Atop Mount Washington

Spent this past weekend birding in the White Mountains with a group led by Derek Lovitch from Freeport Wild Bird Supply. Our primary goal was finding Bicknell's Thrush, a secretive thrush only found in certain alpine habitats. The first night we went up on the Auto Road in a private, after-hours van to listen for the birds singing after sunset. At the summit, winds blasted us at 65 MPH. It was a bit too windy below, also, for us to see any birds, but we certainly enjoyed hearing them as clouds lit by the day's last light swept over the summit and across the valley.
Sunset on Mount Washington--
clouds scudding past,
thrush sings from stunted spruce.

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