Audubon Wednesday!

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5 years ago when I bought my house I added a simple bird feeder on the side of my yard.  Hung from a low branch, it lasted about 20 minutes before the squirrels tore it apart.  I learned from that and bought a better feeder.  It lasted a week.  I’ve learned from the 3 or 4 other feeders I bought after that and sure enough landed on a couple that the squirrels couldn’t seem to penetrate.  After that, I included a bird bath and a stone bench.  My little bird sanctuary was born.

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My neighborhood is littered with American Robins, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Sparrows.  Those birds I knew my whole life – but it was the other birds that began to visit the feeders, the juncos, warblers, cowbirds, nut hatches, creepers, titmouse, baltimore oriles and even the grackles that got my attention.  I could not believe how many different birds there are!

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I continued to log all the birds, even buying a bird book to identify the ones I’d never seen before.  The more I learned the more I enjoyed watching and seeking out all the different perching birds and water fowl that MA has to offer.  This being winter, a lot of the feathered friends are elsewhere – but a whole new flock are hanging out.  In this post are some of the birds I’ve seen recently and below is the list of birds I spotted during the Big Backyard Bird Count:

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Double Crested Cormamont
American Coot
Mallard
Bufflehead
Horned Grebe
Common Merganser
Red Breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Loon
Sanderling
Great backed gull
Ring billed gull
Herring gull
Rock pigeon
Canadian goose
Common Eider
American black duck
Laughing gull
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Dark eyed Junco
Eastern Bluebird
Crow

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More pics will follow and more birds too.

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