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Check It Out: Feathered friends in February

By Jan Johnston
Published: January 29, 2023, 6:00am

Did you know that among other things, February is National Bird Feeding Month? What a month — full of love, groundhogs, presidents and birds. That’s something to tweet about!

I have been surprised at the number of robins visiting our yard this winter. I’m used to seeing a few robins here and there before spring arrives, but this year it feels like more robins are camping out in my neighborhood. Another recent surprise involved a kinglet. I heard a noise at one of my windows — that dreaded bird-hit-the-window sound — and hanging from the screen was a kinglet. As a bird mom I immediately wanted to help, but the kinglet, stunned and disoriented, hung upside down for a moment then flapped his wings and made a quick recovery flight to a nearby tree. No trips to the bird hospital required, and, by the way, nature is awesome.

I’ve shared bird-themed reading lists before – and I’m doing it again. Our feathered friends are amazing creatures filled with mysteries still to be discovered. If you’re a bird fan, wing your way to the library’s catalog, www.fvrl.org, and fill up your book nest with a flock of avian reads.

“Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide” edited by Gill Pitts.

“The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think” by Jennifer Ackerman.

“Birds & Blooms: Ultimate Guide to Backyard Birding” by Sheryl DeVore.

“Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names” by Stephen Moss.

“The Secret Perfume of Birds: Uncovering the Science of Avian Scent” by Danielle J. Whittaker.

“Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife” by John M. Marzluff.