Feathered friends: Bird-watching passion for many area residents

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The first flock of finches started showing up as soon as the sun rose.

Cardinals dropped onto the hanging bird feeders in Skip and Diane Havely’s backyard to fill up on suet and niger seed. A male downy woodpecker, with its distinctive bright red plume on its head, arrived to eat from the peanut feeder.

Song sparrows, dark-eyed juncos and American tree sparrows huddled under bushes to peck at the ground feeders.

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