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Friday, November 04, 2011

Robins & Ducks

American Robin

Hooded Merganser, male

Common Merganser, male

The snow here is finally melting, but we still have big piles in our driveway and 4-6 inches in the woods. Here's a photo of an American Robin, taken after the storm. Fortunately, robins eat berries, so our crabapples provided food. We have had robins every day since the storm. American Robins wander widely in flocks in winter. It is not unusual to see a few here in NH in December, prompting people to think the robins forgot to migrate. When more severe weather sets in and the crabapples and other berries get eaten, robins will move south. You can see huge flocks of robins in winter in Florida, eating the plentiful berries there. We have seen them devour the small fruits of palm trees.
We also are seeing waterfowl migration taking place here, including 20 Hooded Mergansers this morning and several Common Mergansers.
Have a good weekend, go see some birds.

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