Americana: Omen of Spring

Let the swallows come back to Capistrano to signal the arrival of spring. Hinckley, Ohio, has something that may not be better but certainly is different: the annual return of the buzzards. The great birds like to roost in trees in the parks just outside town, and since 1885 the local citizens have made the best of the situation. Buzzard Day is March 15. On the following Sunday, the Chamber of Commerce celebrates by holding a breakfast of sausages and pancakes. Boy Scouts hawk buzzard T shirts and everybody tells birdbrained jokes.

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