Millions of winter birds, plus quest for wacky nests

Jennifer Knapp of Wilton shot this picture of a Red-bellied Woodpecker, apparently digging out potential nesting cavities. The Red-belly was one of the top 10 reported birds in Connecticut during the Great Backyard Bird Count, but it was not among the top in the nation.

Jennifer Knapp of Wilton shot this picture of a Pileated Woodpecker, possibly digging out potential nesting cavities. Two of the top 10 birds reported in Connecticut were woodpeckers, but not the pileated.This year’s Great Backyard Bird Count “recorded the most unusual winter for birds in the count’s 15-year history,” the Cornell Lab of Ornithology reported …

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