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Uncommon Birds Visit Chicago in Winter
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Some humans may be inclined to ditch the Windy City once temperatures plummet, but for certain northerly birds, the Chicago area is a welcome winter retreat. In particular, four species within the finch family can be found visiting the Chicago Botanic …

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Cookies on the BBC website
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The harsher the winter, the harder it becomes to get an easy meal in the countryside, forcing more birds into our gardens and the nuts and seeds left out for them. But this season has been unseasonably mild, so are numbers of garden birds significantly …

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Who you callin' chicken?
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Modern English Game birds strutted around wire cages with their extremely long legs, looking like feathered dinosaurs as the judges surveyed their wing spans and markings. White Crested Black Polish birds peer out from beneath shiny white mullets …

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Festival helps community learn about birds
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The 17th annual Snow Goose Festival is showing off the millions of birds that migrate to the Northstate each winter. The festival is a five day event that hosts daily tours, exhibits and workshops. From Wednesday to Sunday, more than 60 field trips are …

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Longtime volunteer keeps at it for the love of birds
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As a person who loves birds, Carl Swisher's volunteering is like sending a kid into a candy store. Swisher has been able to incorporate his love of birds into volunteering at the Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton. He used to visit the park often …

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The tree of life for birds comes into view
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There are an estimated 10,000 species of birds in the world. They've long been sorted into three main branches in the tree of life: ostriches and their relatives; chickens and ducks and their relatives; and a catch-all group called Neoaves that …

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Outside Story: It's Molting Time Again For the Birds Around Us
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The male goldfinches were getting yellower, but still looked scruffy. The birds made me optimistic that spring would finally get here. The next morning it was 10 degrees. Birds molt for a basic reason: feathers wear out. All that flying, preening, dust …

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Julia Sundkova photographs 2 birds fighting each other over a giraffe's ear
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This is the moment two birds fought each other over a giraffe's ear as the giant mammal was trying to have a drink. The red-billed oxpeckers were seen competing over the right to delve into the giraffe's ear as it stopped off at a watering hole in the …

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The Bird Watcher: It's important to clean your bird feeder
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Over the years, I've read how dirty bird-feeders can spread an eye disease that affects house finches. I know Bergen County Audubon Society sometimes offers to clean your feeders for a modest donation. I've heard knowledgeable people say it's a good idea.

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West Nile virus taking a toll on birds
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“We've known about this difference in response of various bird species, but I do not think that anyone else has been systematic in showing that different species of birds, even close relatives, were happening,” Hochachka told FoxNews.com. “As the …

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