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Our Feathered Friends - October 5

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Some more of the other winter visitors you could expect see are: American Tree Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, American Pipit, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, White-Throated Sparrow, White-Crowned Sparrow, Dark-Eyed Junco (Snow bird), Lapland Longspur, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.

I have not included in this list the wetland birds or birds of prey. Although there are several interesting winter birds in those categories as wellfor example The Sandhill Crane and the Northern Harrier. (One thing I have found handy is to take little tabs and attach them to these winter bird pages in my bird book, so when they start showing up I can easily flip to those pages.)

Don't forget to leave your hummingbird feeders out for a couple more months. Depending on the weather we can get migrating hummingbirds for quite some time. I usually leave mine out till late October or early November depending on how mild the weather is. And the best "hummer juice" (as my daughter calls it) is made at home with four parts water to one part sugar - or four cups water to one cup sugar - with no food coloring!

One site I love to use for reference is The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website is an excellent place to go for information. However, dont forget the easiest place is actually our local expert, Mr. Ray!!! And be sure to shoot him an email or find him on Facebook to let him know what is flying around your yard!

, or call me at 547-7371 or e-mail me at

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