Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Study Guide Chapter 3, Section 2 Summary & Analysis

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One day while hiking, Dillard comes upon a coot, a water bird, which is notorious for its shyness. Dillard hides behind a tree and remains perfectly still so as to observe the bird without scaring it. Dillard sneaks from tree to tree following the coot, while it eats of the weeds along the creek bank. Dillard stalks this coot for quite some time before she realizes that the bird does not seem to mind Dillard's presence. Dillard becomes more and more bold in showing herself, even waving her arms in its eyesight, but the coot seems oblivious or indifferent to Dillard.

Dillard tires of coot watching and wanders along the creek bank, spying on the creatures that are still thriving under the ice. She also observes other creatures busily surviving the winter cold, wherever there is shelter. Honey bees cluster together in giant, buzzing balls...

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