This is my favorite nearby place to walk; the trail meanders along the creek in either direction. No mergansers today, but a black phoebe was hawking insects from shoots that grow from a tall stump. Its merry little chirk-sound followed me all along the trail. Spring always reminds me to write haiku. It is time to bring my binoculars on these walks because I saw two small birds I could not identify. I wish a magic fairy would sew me a vest with pockets for binocular, camera, iPhone, notebook, pens and watercolors. Actually, I could do it myself with material I already have. Stay tuned.