Broken clouds, light snow
Broken clouds, light snow
17.6 °F
December 13, 2017
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River Talk

The rewards of backyard bird feeding are many. While I frequently see chickadees, cardinals, blue jays, juncos, goldfinches and nuthatches just outside my kitchen door, a new visitor showed up sporadically this winter to take advantage of the black oil sunflower seeds offered there.

Those of us who live in the Upper Delaware River valley are familiar with the flocks of large black birds that caw noisily from the forest, alight in ones and twos and (in lean times) peck the earth under the bird feeders. But most of us would have a difficult time discerning whether what we are looking at is a flock of crows or ravens.

During the second week of December, a Pennsylvania Game Commission Conservation Officer had recovered a large raptor in a field near Milford, PA. This bird was sitting on the ground and unable to fly. The officer turned the bird over the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC), where it was evaluated by Bill Streeter, co-director of the center.