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March 22, 2012


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Nice Carolina, Nancy - do you have them regularly? I've heard one in town only once. The Winters seem more common. They have one of my favorite songs, and it's fun to watch their mouse-like bobs around tree stumps and such. As for migration ~ while some birds properly classified as resident do make ad hoc in-range movements due to weather, food supply, etc., this does not have the immutability* of the full-scale migration of our beautiful neotropic migrants, whose arrival is just around the corner! I'm hoping for a repeat of last spring's really nice warbler push.
(* At least so far; who knows what climate change may bring for the birds...and us...).

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