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  • There were bobwhites around throughout my youth on the North Fork, but today, on the South Fork too, you almost never hear their telltale call.
  • I have never had so many reports of grosbeaks in town in the 37 years or so I have been writing my column for The Star.
  • Fish crows arrived three weeks ago and have already taken over the South Fork population centers. What was an extreme rarity 35 years ago has now become a rite of spring in the Hamptons.
  • 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.
  • When I was a boy growing up in Mattituck across the bay, there were no Little League baseball teams or summer camps to occupy our time and keep us from getting into trouble.
  • 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.
  • The alewife, a herring species and one of the only fish named after a woman, will be back, but not nearly so widespread on the South Fork as the osprey or the spring peeper.
  • If you looked at The New York Times on Monday, you may have come across an article about saltwater crocodiles in the Philippine Islands and how they attack humans every so often and recently killed a fisherman.
  • The major question having to do with climate change before the East Hampton Town Board today is how do we save Montauk from global warming.