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Sequential Signs of Spring

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Most of the spring signs we’ve started to see have feathers on them – eastern bluebirds, common grackles, turkey vultures, killdeer, American woodcock, eastern phoebes – but there are others, as well. Eastern chipmunks are active and black bears have been sighted. New sounds as well as sights are greeting our ears: woodpeckers are drumming, saw-whet owls are calling and tufted titmice are singing. Sap has started to run and buds are soon to swell. Seasons, such as the winter we’ve just experienced, are subject to more and more dramatic changes but the relatively consistent and orderly fashion in which spring always announces itself is reassuring as well as exhilarating.

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