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Q: Just saw [at] 10 a.m. at my feeder a new bird — sparrow/junco-sized; light gray body, darker gray wings, a pink, not red cap and a straight pointy beak. I looked online and in my field … more
You stargazers can begin the new year with a celestial treat, but only if you're willing (and able) to rise before the sun. This week, four planets and the moon are performing a wonderful planetary … more
READER COMMENTSBox Elder BugsI was plagued with box elder bugs until I figured out they were coming in through cracks in my sunroom's foundation. There would be hundreds in there, too many to vacuum … more
If you have a low horizon to your west, you may have already spotted a couple of bright "stars" appearing in that direction just after sunset. Well, those aren't stars, but planets.After many months … more
I really enjoy the beginning of a new year. It's always brimming with hope and optimism, as well as endless lists of resolutions we swear we're going to attack but only work toward for a few days at … more
A READER'S 99 PERCENT SQUIRREL-PROOF FEEDERGet some old [or new] vinyl-clad clothes line at least twice as long as the distance between a [sturdy] tree branch [about 20 feet] and the ground. To one … more
Q: I'm one of your southern Vermont readers (Wilmington). I enjoy learning about birds and am far from being an expert on their habits. Each winter, I have several feeders in my lilac tree just … more
Q: In the summer, watching birds clean their feathers is an everyday thing. Somewhere, I read that birds need to keep their plumage very clean in order to fly. I enjoy watching birds, but never see … more
This, of course, is the time of year for resolutions. These are notoriously easier to make than to keep, and I'm a prime offender in that respect. Still, I find resolution-making to be a useful … more
Q: We have noticed that birds don't come to our metal bird feeders. I have spoken with others who say the same thing. Any idea why they don't like metal feeders?— Joyce, Pittsfield, Mass.A: I … more
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