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Honey Creek in the Springtime: A Naturalist's Observation

As coordinator for the Honey Creek 3rd Grade Program I was at HC throughout the spring on a weekly basis. In realizing my fortune I decided to keep a journal of the miraculous changes that unfolded before me-to share with you.

Our winter and spring were both odd ones; Cedar waxwings in November, and Robins;huge flocks before Thanksgiving! Trees greening out the first wek of February and then, the 25th we get a cripplinng ice storm, all that new growth frozen.

We started HC Marth 5th cold drizzling, next day, out came the sun-out came the birds: cardinals, titmice, chickadees, canyon, Carolina and bewick wrens, all singing their spring songs! And in the distance, the cry of a red-shouldered hawk!

Spring Break brings a break for the students, nut not spring. The large flocks of chipping sparrows aare settling in, still wearing their drab pllumage. Waxwings are still coming, so are the insects and herpes. On the 19th we hear the 1st golden cheek!! Agarita, in full boom, scent the air. That weekend on the walk, we heard 4-6 golden cheeks in different areas of the park; it was as if they were everywhere! It was my 1st visual of this year! Excited, I went back into the park; the chipping sparrows were developing their spring plumage. Now Spanish oaks are tasseling, persimmon and buckeyes were getting leaves, and the wonderful chartreuse green of the cedar elms. Creekside; a belted kingfisher gives a hash call and then a white-eyed vireo gives theirs.

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