Happy New Year!

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Frosty weather persists and a snappy walk through the park revealed only a few hardy birds. Of course there were many Mallards by the river and one Canada Goose picking its way carefully along the frozen river as well. There was a group of Common House Sparrows that were sheltering in some bushes as well as a pair of Cardinals. I decided to take a closer look at the sparrows to distinguish them from other similar small birds especially since they were posing so cooperatively.

sparrow1It’s hard to imagine why a group of these charming, sociable little birds are known as a blight or humiliation or a subdivision!


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