Thoughts from a small island in eastern Penobscot Bay, Maine
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
More birds, and skunk cabbages
The weather finally started turning last weekend and more birds began arriving. In the past four days I've heard song sparrows and, faintly, hermit thrushes. I thought I saw a myrtle warbler. But the forest is too silent still. I still haven't gotten out on the gardens because they are too wet and
cold. Next week, I hope. The new batteries I bought for my small solar
energy system are working well. The ground is warming, the water in the vernal pools going down, and the skunk cabbages are showing themselves nicely now, the spadix observable in the most advanced.
Emeritus professor of ethnomusicology at Brown University; Fellow of the American Folklore Society; part-time resident of Maine. Several of my scholarly essays may be found at https://brown.academia.edu/JeffToddTiton