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Last year it was 73 degrees and the first Brown Thrasher arrived. Quite a 
different tale today. The feeders have been dominated thru the last few days 
with a large flock of mixed blackbirds, common grackles, European starlings, 
red-wings and rusties. Today, a brown-headed cowbird female was also in the 
flock. Yellow-rumped warblers were heard. Six pine siskins today, 14 yesterday 
along with brown creeper, hairy woodpecker, white-throated sparrow, dark-eyed 
juncoes, hermit thrush and the usual suspects.

Ground feeding birds have been at the feeders and bark butter including: hermit 
thrush, dark-eyed juncoes, and American robin. The hermit thrush was singing 
on Friday when it was 55 degrees.

Back to trying to count birds with the screen of snow. I don't remember seeing it 
cling in such baseball size clumps to the branches before. 

Margy Terpstra
Kirkwood, St. Louis CO, MO
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