Sunrise, October 7, 2010
The low, heavy clouds that brought several days of rain to Roundtop Mtn. lifted overnight. With the sunrise came with a perfectly clear sky and suddenly the morning is bright again. The weather didn’t clear early enough to produce any overnight songbird migration—that will come tonight. And with this next burst of activity, I would not be surprised to see the first juncos of the season arrive, too.
Whether the juncos arrive Friday morning or later, I am very glad to see the sun again. This past week was too gloomy for my tastes. The clearing weather has already brought out several of Roundtop’s forest dwellers. This morning Dog and I crossed paths with a fox, who turned tail and ran the instant it saw us. That was enough to make Dog want to give chase for a good 15 minutes after the fox was long gone. Baby Dog and I heard a deer snort and then saw several near a pond. She was eager to give chase and would have if she hadn’t been leashed. One of the skunks was around, too, and I am just as glad we didn’t see that one.
The leaves are beginning to turn color here, but are still too early in the process for me to say if the color will be good this year or not. At the moment, I’m leaning towards not and am hoping to be wrong. This evening I’ll be able to take a walk for the first time this week. I am hoping to have a better idea about that afterwards.