You’ll be amazed at how some Maine birds behave in winter

Last week I received a video from an alert reader asking me to identify a friendly bird hanging out in a flower bed. The bird in question was extremely tame, not afraid of someone standing over it and recording its every move. It was the oven bird.

Ovenbirds are bark-dwelling forest birds that forage and build nests on the ground. They build a nest that resembles a Dutch oven, hence the name. We have many in Maine, but they tend to hide in the woods. It is unusual to have fun among the hydrangeas in the yard.

Or not. A few days later, I was still wondering why that oven bird was showing itself so openly. Then it hit me. This is what oven birds do in winter!

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