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Thread subject: Dawn Chorus Birdblog: Birds in New England...
Name Date Message
martyc35 11/28/10 01:07 pm Julie Wolf hosts today, and we know her photos are great. Enjoy.
Marty
cathleen 11/28/10 06:22 pm Thanks, Marty. A preview of what to expect this winter, I hope, in my suburban yard.

I now have Bluejay, Cardinal, Black-Cap Chickadee, Nuthatch, House Finch, and I did see a Tufted Titmouse much earlier than when it really got cold, in addition to the ever present roaming motorcycle gangs of house sparrows.
Celeste 11/29/10 05:29 am Thoroughly enjoyable! I learn something all the time...we get a lot of chicadees and didn't know that they "forget" their Spring call in the winter. I love how "not shy " they are of humans, and of course. Mr. C (our resident Cardinal) like clockwork chirps outside my window around 6am! I'm happy to report that we can no longer call him Baldie, (he was bald from March through the summer and looked reptilian. Slowly his feathers came back just in time for Winter!
Shelley 11/29/10 06:48 am I can verify what Julie said about the cardinals. I can't remember if I mentioned the nature walk I was on last May, with the very famous and exquisitely talented nature artist Robert Bateman. He grew up here in Toronto and the hiking club I belong to was dedicating and renaming a little park next to his childhood house after him. He now lives out in British Columbia but he came to town for this, gave us a little talk filled with anecdotes about his childhood (his 2 brothers also came this day). Then he took us on a walk through the ravines behind the old house. It was the first time I learned what Julie said: that when he was a child, back in the 30s and 40s, northern Cardinals were simply not seen this far north but he believes it is really a combination of the climate warming AND people feeding them, that has made them year-round commonplace residents here now. And I, for one, am very happy about that!

I also was very interested in another point Julie raised here, about the chickadees. I never knew that about their song! Just yesterday, I came as close as I have ever come to having my local chickadees eat out of my hand. I was refilling the feeder and there were a bunch of them on low branches in my tree, waiting and chattering. I held a few seeds in my palm, right up close to the feeder. Two of them were bold enough to come very close but so far, haven't yet landed on my hand. But I think they are getting used to me! It was very exciting!
Nancy L 11/29/10 11:40 am Thanks, Marty; that was nice.
Melanie 11/29/10 03:10 pm Another quirky think about chickadees is they have regional "dialects". Their calls will have small variations from location to location.

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