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Back-yard bonanzas

Winter bird feeding is a win-win deal, for people and their featured friends. The flock keeps growing. Wanna join?

Updated: December 26, 2002, 7:44 PM ET
By Ron Schara | Host of ESPN2's
Backroads with Ron & Raven

Consider it a gift from Mother Nature.

Maybe there's a winter bird feeder under the Christmas tree this morning.

If so, it needs only to be hung in the right place, filled with a supply of sunflower seeds and, presto, the gift will come alive with feathered friends.

Well, okay, the birds really aren't "friends'' and sometimes it's not that easy.

Not every back yard is fit for a hungry bird and, in truth, many winter bird residents are simply opportunists willing to take ...

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