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NATURE WATCH: Rain. Finally!

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by Nona Estrin

Either dry conditions, nearby logging or the forest tent caterpillar defoliation of the Drew Mountain range to our east, has been responsible for more woodland birds than we are accustomed to. We hear scarlet tanager, thrushes, vireos, rose breasted grosbeaks and others, not normally singing in August. Foliage around the small pool of water in the woods next to the house rustles with activity. But now, soft rain and a distant rumble change the world. Finally!