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Continued: Quiz tests your birding knowledge

  • Article by: VAL CUNNINGHAM , Contributing Writer
  • Last update: October 29, 2013 - 3:30 PM

10. All are correct. This is kind of a trick question: Birds are the ultimate “localvores” and many change their diet over a year’s time. Nearly all songbirds eat insects and feed them to their young in spring and summer, then change to a fruit and/or seed diet in the fall. Some birds don’t eat seeds, such as the warbler family and the thrushes. Few birds consume other birds as a dietary staple, but some do, like the Cooper’s hawk and peregrine falcon.

11. All are true — the presence of birds adds so much to our lives.

St. Paul resident Val Cunningham, who volunteers with the St. Paul Audubon Society and writes about nature for local, regional and national newspapers and magazines, can be reached at val​writes@comcast.net.

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