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The birds are here!

May (and early June) is a wonderful time in Vermont because the migratory birds come back to visit (and breed, which is of course, their main objective.) It means that suddenly, after watching chickadees, blue jays, and goldfinches come to our feeders for months, we’re now finally getting those birds, plus a lot more (and more colorful birds). I really enjoyed watching the goldfinches transition from drab grey and brown to rubber ducky yellow. One day, we had about 20 or 30 goldfinches at our feeders, all at once. Suddenly, they flew up and away, and we saw a sharp-shinned hawk in the nearby trees. I think it got one of the finches and had a nice little snack. We have purple finches (the bird book says that they look like they’ve been dipped in raspberry sauce!), brown headed cow birds (much more attractive up close), and lots of warblers flying around the yard, inclyding blackburnian and black-throated green warblers. Yesterday, we saw an indigo bunting in the yard.

Whether you’re into birds or not, I would highly recommend that you put out a feeder if you can. If you don’t know anything about birds, it will be a way to start learning just a little bit. And, if you do know about birds, you’ll probably enjoy watching the succession of birds throughout the year as the seasons change. If you end up liking the birds and want to know more, you can take Ecology during the summer — you’ll get to learn birds and trees and plants and some other stuff, too. For me, it’s nice to be familiar with my surroundings, and in Vermont, it means learning these things. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to do a little bit of that — take your nose out of your book and stick it into a flower!

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