PAWS Campus Update

October 31, 2012
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As we moved through the last days of summer here on the PAWS campus, birds began to shift their behavior from summer breeding mode back to the solitary or flocking modes that they exhibit during the non-breeding season. Most young birds completed their fledging period and either joined their parents and other families in winter flocks or set off on their own to find their place in the world. For a young Red-breasted Sapsucker that I encountered in September, it was the latter. His parents hold a breeding territory in the southwest corner of the PAWS campus. He may be present on campus most of the winter, but next spring he will need to stake out a territorial claim of his own. (Kevin Mack / PAWS)

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