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Birds of all shapes and colors fill the skies

Birds of many feathers make their homes in our area, to the delight of humans watching them from afar. Above from left, a blue grosbeak and American goldfinch, an indigo bunting taken by Susan Crockett of Gloucester; a tufted titmouse caught in the act of nest-building from the head of Sue Keys at Hallieford. Below from left, a bald eagle on Timberneck Creek, trying to catch a meal and finally snagging a minnow, taken by Larry Sherertz; next, a family of two young owls with their parent on an osprey platform, returning this year to the nest she established in 2019 and photographed by area forester Lisa Deaton; and at right, a cedar waxwing photographed by Tom Crockett at the entrance to Beaverdam Park in Gloucester while he and other members of the Middle Peninsula Bird Club took part in Cornell University’s Global Big Day Bird Count, counting 314 birds of 52 species.


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