The author with her guide dog Alvin. Photograph by Bob Stymeist.
Walking down our rural road in Vermont on an early autumn day is a far cry from the experience of the exact same walk in the spring. One is a stark reminder of the coming winter with only a handful of resident species to enjoy, whereas the other is an explosion of song and activity unmatched at any other time of the year. Regardless of the season or what I am doing, my sensory antennae are always searching for the presence of birds.
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