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Winter Birdfeeder Survey part II

February 12, 2009
Dick Miga

After writing Part I last week, I received a few more interesting photos and suggestions regarding sightings that have occurred during the week that will add a new twist to the results of the survey. Upon arriving home Sunday morning from church, my neighbor Nancy Gee, who has contributed photos in the past, saw me and was quick to come across the street with another great contribution to the current feeder watch topic, in addition to the birds already being recorded at feeders she presented some excellent photographs of different visitors to feeders in the way of a bird that enjoys visiting feeder sites for other reasons than the offerings of seed, water, and suet. This bird is a hawk, and a member of the Accipiter family by the name of Sharp-shinned Hawk. The Sharp-shinned is the smallest local member of a group of hawks known as accipiters. The other locally found members of this family are the Coopers Hawk and Northern Goshawk.



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