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Leafy Cities

5 monthes ago   |   By Ornithology

I received a question the other day from a fellow who lives in Ontario, Canada. He said that while walking around his town's leafy downtown he noticed lots of birds but when he walks the nearby woods he doesn't notice nearly as many. He wonders what's going on.
The key to his question is “leafy downtown.” Some birds are quite at home in a well vegetated city or suburb. Robins, some sparrows, chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, blackbirds, starlings, etc. In fact, the population of these city-adaptable birds is on average 30% higher in the city than in the adjacent woods.
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