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Saturday April 6th was the day Spring finally seemed to arrive in Central New York after what seemed like an endless March and a couple late snow storms.

So to shake off the cabin fever, and pass the time while waiting to be crushed by the defeat of my Syracuse Orange, I went to my local nature center to take a walk through the bog and watch the feeder birds.

Please click through to Flickr for larger pics...

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There wasn't much in the way of wild life around, too many screaming kids, babbling couples, and joggers, so I concentrated on the things most people would ignore...

Things like new growth, moss, fungi, dead trees, etc.

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It was hard to get shots of this pool without ripples, the catfish were chasing the shiners right out of the water...

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On the the feeder birds. Beaver Lake has a great feeder viewing area.

The Goldfinches are starting to get their spring colors.

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White-breasted Nuthatch

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Lots of Black-capped Chickadees

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The Red-bellied Woodpecker was very shy...

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The Downy was not...

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Slate-colored Juncos are usually darker than this...

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Red-brested Nuthatches might be my favorite bird...

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Originally posted to boriscleto on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 05:38 AM PDT.

Also republished by Backyard Science.

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