The rain held off enough this morning for a walk at the Miller Forest tract of the Trustees of Reservations Peaked Mountain reservation. The birds are mostly “hearings” instead of sightings. There were a lot of bluejays today and a couple of pine warblers. I heard ovenbirds in 3 different places, and a black-throated green warbler once, as well as a blue-headed vireo at about the same place. Several ferns were in fiddlehead or starting to unfurl, including hay-scented, new shoots of Christmas fern, sensitive fern and a few interrupted ferns. Starflowers, dwarf ginseng, and one of the bellworts were out. I did not stop to look closely enough at the bellwort to see which kind. Blueberries were also flowering. The vernal pond had 4 salamander egg masses and 1 old wood frog mass.
The green colors were vibrant in the overcast light. A very pleasant walk. Everything is now getting plenty of water after a dry spell in April and many days of fire warnings from the weather service. Once we get the heat back next week things should really take off.