(Editor’s Note: Introducing Bird Lore, a monthly column written by members of the Lycoming Audubon Society and Seven Mountains Audubon. To pose a birding-related question to the writers, email becky_l@newsitem.com.)

You might not think of January as an optimal time for birding. The days are shorter. Everything is quiet. It seems like most of the forest creatures are in a state of torpor. All of the spectacular, migratory songbirds have long settled in Central and South America for the winter.

Emily Bohlin is the education chair of the Lycoming Audubon Society. She is an avid botanist, naturalist and an advocate for birds. She resides in northern Lycoming County with her family. Bird Lore is produced by the Lycoming Audubon Society, serving Lycoming and Clinton counties, and Seven Mountains Audubon, serving Union, Snyder, Northumberland and Columbia counties. Information about these National Audubon Society chapters can be found at http://lycomingaudubon.blogspot.com and http://sevenmountainsaudubon.org.

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