Spring is in the air

Last evening I was leading an interpretive walk on a trail at Montour Preserve. At one stop along the trail I heard a sound that I couldn’t place. It didn’t take long to find out the source when an adult pileated woodpecker flew to a dead snag across the creek from us and began to feed its young. We watched as the adult’s head went in and out of the hole in the tree trunk and then after it flew away we saw the head of a young woodpecker in the opening. Farther along the trail at another stop a young fawn jumped up from beside the trail and bounded away into the woods. As we finished our walk by a stand of pines we saw a wild turkey fly from its evening roost as we approached.

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