December is a month when many birds regularly begin coming to backyard bird feeders, so it is a good season to keep a sharp eye on your feeders. It is also the season when unexpected visitors may occasionally appear among the more regular feeder clientele. With this in mind, a careful look at the background in this issue’s mystery photograph shows the mystery bird on the ground and surrounded by bird seed—a good clue that the bird was photographed at a feeder.
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