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December 03, 2013


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We've had great mixed flocks of grackles, blackbirds, rusty blackbirds over the past month visiting the beaver pond out back for a drink and roosting in the remaining treetops on the other side of the pond. One day they literally appeared to stream in from the sky. The wetland has, for many years, been a regular stop along their migratory path, but since the Beaver has been renewing the ecology of the place since the Big Blowdown in August of 2011, the area is much more heavily used by all kinds of birds, ducks, geese, waders big and small.

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Become a Fan


  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.