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This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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    1. Gotta love ’em! Happy New Year!

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  1. Absolutely beautiful! Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, Laurie!

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  2. H.J. for avian101 December 25, 2021 at 9:37 PM

    Happy Holidays, Julie. 🙂

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    1. Happy Holidays to you H.J. I was actually thinking about you as I took these photos. You probably see a lot of “nosy, bossy” cardinals like this one in your neck of the woods, I bet. 😉

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  3. These are beautiful, great captures, Julie! ❤️ 🐦❤️ I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a healthy Happy New Year too!

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    1. Thanks, Donna. “Birds Under the Feeder” is one of my favorite categories of photography. Fun and easy. I’ve noticed that whenever the cardinals and jays are under the feeder, a whole flock of other birds comes, too. I (Not to mention the rabbits..) I’m wondering if they feel safer with the “big birds” around?

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      1. Love your themed category, Julie, seeing different birds (and other wildlife!) cohabiting together in one photo is pretty awesome!! I’ve got three feeders up, but mostly right now the birds are happy to be feeding in the junipers and hollies 20 ft from the feeders. Every day I see a few go to the feeder, I finally saw one of my Cardinals check it out couple days ago. I’m patiently waiting! 😊

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  4. I love cardinals! Thanks for letting me get my “red bird” fix here:) Happy New Year!

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    1. Oh, yes! I have to get my red bird fix here, as well. Happy New Year!
      Julie

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  5. Hi Julie,
    I think he is the perfect Christmas bird! You are so lucky to get to see him regularly.
    I hope your holidays have been merry and bright and I wish you a peaceful end to the old and start into the new year.
    All the best for 2022.
    Tanja

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    1. This particular cardinal was the perfect subject. Busy and inquisitive about everything and all the other creatures under the feeder. Lots of fun to photograph!
      Cheers,
      Julie

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  6. Hi Julie – well you can’t get a more festive bird than this, and it is lovely to see him with the other birds and animals. Sorry that I am coming so late to this post, but I hope that you did have a lovely Christmas. Going in to the new year I expect you are starting to look forward to spring as the days slowly start lengthening … (of course it is the opposite here for us in SA!).

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    1. Thanks Carol-I have to admit I’ve been looking at garden catalogs as I sit by my (electric) fireplace!
      😉

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  7. One of my favourite US birds, stunningly red! Interesting to see in a couple of your shots the juxtaposition of this spectacular bird with the humble – and much less gaudy – Eurasian sparrow (popularly known here in some parts of the UK as “spadgers”, “spugs” or “cockney sparrers”). As a visitor to your country I find North American species of sparrow rather confusing, but there’s no mistaking the Cardinal. What a bird!

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    1. I find sparrows totally confusing. So difficult to tell some of them apart! Thanks so much for visiting!
      -Julie

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