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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Fairfield, Connecticut

Yesterday I had a meeting at the Birdcraft Museum and Audubon center in Fairfield, Connecticut. One of the first urban bird sanctuaries in the country, it was establised by the legendary early bird conservationist Mable Osgood Wright. After recent snow storms, there was over half a foot of snow on the ground, but still a fair amount of bird activity at the bird feeders. Between meetings I was able to see American Robin (3), Northern Cardinal (2), Black-capped Chickadee (3), White-throated Sparrow (1), White-breasted Nuthatch (1), and Downy Woodpecker (1).

Meanwhile, here in Pennsylvania, we have over a foot of snow on the ground, and dozens of White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos are at the feeder at work. This morning, a Song Sparrow joined these birds at the feeder for the first time this month.

Last week I went to New York City, but missed the Boreal Owl from Central Park by a few days. Our only birds in the city were one House Sparrow and six Rock Pigeons. Makes me glad I'm not working in downtown Manhattan!

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