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Pray for the Peach Crop

It’s too warm here in Monroe County, Illinois, the kind of weather that forces the peach trees to bloom too early. Then a hard freeze comes along and the flowers freeze. One is due tonight.

But the warm morning was perfect for a spring walk. The geese are sorting them selves out on the ponds. A group of four came in for a landing, a second group yelled at them loudly, and a third group attacked. Mating season is coming out when the males get aggressive and defend their territories, theirs necks and beaks extended like a spear as they charge across the water. 

The unhappy killdeers are back, their plaintive cry can be heard everywhere. These are the birds who roll over and play dead when a predator comes near, be it two-footed or four-legged or winged. 

The juncos have not left. They will head north in a day or two and be replaced by grackles. A mockingbird hopped up and down on a roof ridge, sounding like a bull cardinal. They are out too, making their beautiful rolling call. 

A male robin wooed a female on a roof, chasing her into the gutter. She flew away. 

The turtles and frogs warm themselves in the sun.

Altogether, this beautiful warm March day is perfect.

Pray for the peach crop.

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