Modified 20-Apr-13
Created 22-Mar-13
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After a long winter, it is heartening to see our springtime birds arrive in western Massachusetts, many in full breeding plumage. I photographed many of these birds at the Stebbins Nature Sanctuary in Longmeadow, Massachusetts at a series of ponds near the Connecticut River.

Most of the songbirds at Stebbins were taking advantage of some birdseed on a large concrete block at pondside, so you will see the concrete base in many of the photos.
Great Horned OwlGreat Horned Owl and owletNorthern Cardinal, maleNorthern Cardinal, femaleNorthern Cardinal, femaleNorthern Cardinal, immature femaleRed-winged Blackbird, adult maleRed-winged Blackbird, adult maleRed-bellied WoodpeckerRed-bellied WoodpeckerEuropean Starling, breeding plumageCommon Grackle, breeding plumageRed-winged BlackbirdWhite-throated Sparrow, adult with white-striped plumageAmerican Tree SparrowBlack-capped  ChickadeeTufted TitmouseWhite-breasted NuthatchNorthern Shoveler, male, breeding plumageRing-necked Ducks, drake and hen

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