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February 23, 2013

Feeder birds leave fond memories

I have spent the past couple of months preparing for, and executing, the move of our main store. We didn’t move far, we’re still at the Route 1 traffic circle and just two buildings south of our previous location, but it was a lot of work, and long hours.

As a result, I haven’t had much chance to go out birding. Previously, whenever I missed getting out into the field, I could at least see the birds coming to the feeders outside of our old location. Though the new store gives us much needed inside space, it lacks the visibility to any of the feeders that I enjoyed for 18 years in our original store.

There is space behind the new building to put feeders, and I am sure that my “regular” feeder visitors would find them. However, there would be no way to watch the feeders from inside the store and, after all, that is the point. There are two high windows at the back of the store, off of our storage area. I could, conceivably hang a couple of bird feeders in front of those, but it would not be in the main store area for easy viewing.

In the meantime, I have been stopping at the old store and filling the feeders that I left there temporarily, to help the birds through the inclement weather that is still upon us. I will miss seeing those birds, as there was some comfort in glancing out the window to see “my” goldfinches on the thistle, “my” downy woodpecker and nuthatch on the suet, and those wintering tree sparrows that brightened the darkest winter day.

I am not missing the Cooper’s hawk that was a regular visitor, even making an appearance on the day that we moved! As I saw the bird fly off that day (I didn’t see if it was carrying anything with it), I couldn’t help but wonder if he was now feeling like he had free reign over the feeders now that I wasn’t going to be there to watch over them!

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