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The winter mammals of Chautauqua County

March 7, 2009
Dick Miga

This week's article will focus on the mammals observed in the county during the winter season; however, before proceeding, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you for the tremendous response to the Allen Benton Feeder Watch. I know Allen appreciates your input and I am also most appreciative for the excellent data you have provided. As I perused the data the one bird that stood out this year was the Pine Siskin. This little irruptive finch was seen and heard throughout most of our area by many. Records I have maintained indicate that it is a variable winter visitor during irruption years from about the last week of September to about the middle of June. I am attaching a photo of this bird for your review.



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