Thom Smith, NatureWatch columnist.

wild turkeys walk through grass

Wild turkeys pick their way through the front yard of a property on West Shaft Road in North Adams. 

Autumn has arrived and our friends Randy and Jacky Johnson have begun filling their bird feeders and tell me their company includes white-breasted nuthatch, black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, blue-jays, house finches, and downy woodpeckers that have arrived for daily nibbles. Bird dining is something I usually have waited until mid-to-late October — or even later — to begin, though I have decided to give it a try earlier than usual this season.


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