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Nature Watch 4.28.21

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Swallows swooping in apparent ecstasy one day: the next, snowflakes blanketing the budding shad blossoms, two, three, four, and more inches of snow. It looks like a death-trap for many returned insect eaters such as the phoebes. We see them at night, aided perhaps by porch lights, gleaning spider egg sacks from the eves, their beaks and faces festooned with cobwebs!  And the hummingbirds? I’ve seen them use sapsucker holes for rich spring sap, and the sapsuckers are blessedly returned at least 10 days ago. Then, miraculously, it’s spring again and all seems green as life goes on! Amazing!