May 12, 2009
"22 hrs in the tree and everything is going well. Beautiful sunny afternoon- but people keep coming to tell of the forecast for tomorrow. Some seem to tell tall tales- "Severe thunderstorms, high winds, 80% chance- no 90%!"
I just ate a snack of nutter butters, blueberries and strawberries- veggies and hummus are next. Last night my mom brought a steak sandwich. I have popcorn for a late-night snack; also prosciutto and dark chocolate.
I hear rustling leaves, chattering red- belled wood peckers, melodious rose-breasted grosbeaks, the humming of distant propeller planes, and- deep in the forest- gray tree frogs singing. Red winged blackbirds ride rushes in the retention pond.
The kids keep bringing questions- most commonly "How do you go to the bathroom?" No one has asked-yet- if I've seen oriole or heard an owl. They are under the impression that this location is well- populated but I have yet to see one.
Mrs. Winn's class is making bird feet- perching feet, climbing feet, catching prey feet- out of pipe cleaners and attaching them to branches. The kids are 2nd graders and clearly know different avian functional groups."