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Nature Watch

Artwork and words by Nona Estrin

Snow and a light crust have covered much of this fall’s abundant seed crop and flushed out various sparrows. Two fox sparrows, absent this year during migration, showed up to feed on mixed seed. A small flock of song, white-throated, and tree sparrows gladdened our yard for a few days. But the window has closed for the big flocks of grackles. Where were they this year?—our splendid “tuxedo boys,” so named by us for their flashy long tails, iridescent bronze and black bodies, and strutting behavior. Surely, we’ll see them again in the spring!