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Black oil sunflower seeds may attract cardinals to your feeders this winter. This female is about to have lunch. (Steve Maanum / For the Enterprise)

From Backyards to Backwoods: It's time to clean the bird feeders for winter

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All of our sunny September days lulled us into thinking that winter was many weeks away, but the early snowfalls have caught us scrambling to pull in docks, winterize boats, and rake leaves or needles while we still can.

The birds seem to sense the changes right along with us. While robins, mourning doves, and orioles may be leaving, the chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and blue jays prepare for the winter months.

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