The calendar may say winter but everything at Arcadia Trail is saying spring

Beautiful sunny, 65 degree day with a light northerly breeze. Feels like spring should feel, not like the 78 degrees we had a couple days ago. Going to be too hot too soon. But today was perfect. The butterflies and the Red-eared Sliders are both more visible. The honey bees are getting more active with a few more flowers available, some early spring weeds. The Orange Sulphurs and Checkered Whites have been around for awhile but today they were more numerous and accompanied by American Ladies, Common Checkered-Skippers, and Dainty Sulphurs. Didn't get pictures of all of them though. The Red-eared Sliders now have been seen out sunning on several locations along White's Branch. Today they were in an area that I don't see them much in the summer but one that seemed to provide them with a quiet place to get afternoon sunshine. There were probably about 10 of them on the east bank. While generally the woods were unusually quiet of bird songs, one bird caught my attention. I have identified it as a Carolina Wren and will see if that id gets seconded. I don't have any idea why the park varies so much from day to day in the number of birds.The usual white-winged doves, robins, cardinals, and blue jays were there, but the robins were fewer. Didn't see any yellow-rumped warblers or red winged blackbirds or hear any chickadees. But the Cooper's Hawk didn't let me down. Don't really know how many we have here. We had a mating pair last spring and some sightings have been of different aged birds.

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While I don't see the sliders in this part of the creek very much in the summer, there were quite a few there today, resting in the sun along the east side of the bank in the early afternoon

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changing back to Common Checkered-Skipper since likelihood high of this being correct

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My Cooper's Hawk of the day.

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דבורת הדבש (Apis mellifera)

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