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- Spring is springing. Sunday night’s/Monday morning’s rain refreshed the freshwater wetlands, the spring peeper tree frogs are having a blast, almost all of the summer ospreys are back working on their nests, even laying eggs, while bald-faced eagles check out the scene, having decided to nest locally. Watch out, Mr. and Mrs. Osprey! Bald eagles may be our national bird, but when they are hungry, they will stoop to feeding on carrion and maybe a tiny dog or two.
Victoria Bustamante and her college-age son Chris visited one of the Atlantic white cedar swamps on Friday. There are four in North Sea, three on the north side of Little Fresh Pond and one on the south side. Conifers that do well with roots in standing water are rare across the globe and white cedars are our only native conifer with such a habit. In fact you almost never find one doing well on dry land.
Birds continue to return north. Jane Bimson sent me a nice shot of an osprey perched in a tree at the edge of Fort Pond. Karen Rubinstein, who has overseen the Montauk Christmas Count for the past two years, and lives with her sister on Accabonac Harbor, reported that a pair of fish crows arrived and she observed an oystercatcher at Louse Point. She still has a pine siskin at her feeder that has yet to go north.