Around Antioch: Spring is a great time to relax in East Contra Costa

Spring, or the vernal equinox (when day and night are approximately 12 hours long), began March 20 with weather both wet and wild. Winds brought down tree limbs and many of us likely spent time surveying our homes for possible damage.

We also equate newborn animals with spring. Put a bird feeder and birdbath out to attract wild birds. The variety of winged visitors will astound you. Mourning doves may arrive in pairs to devour any seed that has landed on the ground. Buy a book on bird watching or check one out from the library. Before you know it, you may have found a new pastime.

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