Sarasota News Leader

12/21/2012

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MAGNIFICENT ABUNDANCE IN SPITE OF THE CHANGES DEVELOPMENT HAS WROUGHT, SO MUCH OF FLORIDA���S NATURE REMAINS TO BE RELISHED Story & Photos By Fran Palmeri Contributing Writer On a mild winter evening, I watch hundreds of thousands of tree swallows fly in to roost near Knight���s Trail in Venice. The birds arrive from all over and then, as if on a signal, dive to earth in a huge black funnel cloud and just before touchdown, rise again to disburse. Over and over, they rise and fall, the whirring of their wings sounding like distant surf in the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, the birds come to rest in the trees and we onlookers go our separate ways, still marveling.���

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