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Birdwatching Dot Com Newsletter Mid Winter Birding
January 2007

Dear Bird Watcher,

We're sending out this newsletter from the middle of a snowstorm. The air is thick with snow. The ground is white. When I replenished the feeders outside this morning, the birds rushed around me. I love being close enough to hear the soft flit-fluts of their wings. --Diane

in this issue
  • Feathered Fire
  • Flowers for Birds
  • Ask Diane
  • If You Wear Glasses...

  • Flowers for Birds
    Black-eyed Susan

    At our house, the garden catalogs start arriving just as the short days begin to lengthen. How tempting the photos! I can already see and smell next summer's garden

    Now is the time to plan a garden whose blossoms will invite birds of all kinds into the yard.

    Ask Diane

    Dear Diane: I'm a new birdwatcher, and I see birds that aren't in my bird book. Are some birds no particular kind? Why can't I find them? --Gary G., Kerrville, TX


    Each bird does belong to a species. And a good field guide for your area should show every one.

    Some birds don't look like the pictures in the book, though. When they're moulting, or immature, or wet, for example, they can fool a person. It's amazing that birds are able to recognize their own species. But they do. And we can use the same clues they do to recognize them.

    If You Wear Glasses...
    Eye Relief

    If you wear glasses, can you see the whole picture through your binocular? Or is the image constricted?

    If something's missing from your image, maybe you need new binoculars. Find out how much more you might be able to see with binoculars designed to work with glasses!

    Photos copyright 2000-2007 Michael and Diane Porter.

    Feathered Fire
    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Feathered in stone-cold black, grey, and white, the nuthatch is a ball of metabolic fire.

    The smaller a bird's body, the faster it loses heat in winter. A white-breasted nuthatch tips the scales at less than one ounce, including feathers. You'd think it would freeze solid on a winter night.

    To help stay warm, birds can fluff up the downy feathers next to their skin, for extra insulation.

    But still, a nuthatch's entire body isn't as wide as the thickness of my down jacket.

    How does it survive?
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