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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bird Spotting at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Part 2

Yesterday I posted about my short walk around some of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's grounds.  Today's post follows up with the view of the bird feeders by the visitor center.  As you can see, they have quite an array of feeders set up.  While I was there, the birds were a little skittish,  hesitant to come close to the glass.

But I did see quite a few birds...some in the trees, and quite a few on the little birdhouse feeder that was farthest from the onlooking humans.

Sometimes the birds would hang out in the trees for a bit, waiting to see if it was safe to approach the feeders.

It was easier photographing from a chair inside than trying to catch the birds in their native habitat.  I managed to get a few close-ups of the birds on the feeders:

Some were also picking for leftovers on the ground:

I also checked on the mallard ducks around the corner on the pond.  There were quite a few around, looking for a late lunch or an afternoon snack:

They were joined by a couple of larger friends....Canada geese:

Some of the ducks had apparently already had their lunch and were taking a nap:

Stay tuned to Acorn Place next week...the first full week of March is "Looking Ahead Week".  I'll begin to make some plans for the spring and summer.  It's time to start figuring out what I'm going to do with the pieces of eyesore, wildflower areas, and, of course, the garden!

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