The headlong rush has begun. The plants and the animals waited through the unusually cold start to spring for their chance. It arrived on the third Saturday in April when the overnight temperature rose above 32 degrees and stayed there.
The following Thursday, I noticed a chipmunk watching me from the edge of the woods. He felt safe enough to finish eating one of last year’s acorns.
The sharp sound of tapping interrupted the search for wildflowers in the woods. High up in a tree, a nuthatch chiseled wood. Was he digging for his breakfast or widening the entrance to a nest? Only time will tell.
A male white-breasted nuthatch in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 26, 2018.
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