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Making familiar stops on the way to winter

The recent arrival of winter weather is my cue to start thinking about feeding the birds again — hoping the neighborhood bears have likewise concluded it is time to head back into the hills. 

I’m shifting the bird feeders to the other side of the house this year and am curious to see whether I can attract more winter finches where there is conifer cover nearby. 

I’m hoping for siskins, redpolls and grosbeaks, but that all depends on how scarce they find their preferred foods in the boral forests of the north.

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