October 23, 2021

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What do birds have to do with stargazing? A lot, it turns out.

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Like many people staying home during the coronavirus pandemic, I have recently gotten into a new hobby: bird-watching. 

Last fall I set up a bird feeder in my backyard and immediately became fascinated by the number of different avian varieties attracted to it. When I identified a red-bellied woodpecker using a pocket guide on birds, I think I became almost as excited as when astronomer Leslie Peltier identified his first star, Vega, using Martha Evans Martin’s classic work, “The Friendly Stars.”

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