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The Insiders: Keep your eyes peeled for the cardinal-tufted titmouse

This weekend is for the birds. Well, it’s actually for the New Hampshire Audubon Society, but it’s all about birds. And all you have to do is stare longingly out your window.

This weekend is the annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey, which takes place on the second weekend of February. Those willing to take part must simply note any bird species visiting their yard or feeders. Specific birds to be on the lookout for this year: Big, Larry and Dirty.

What’s in a name? Well, the survey was originally dubbed the Cardinal-Tufted Titmouse Census. It’s a shame they changed it, really; we’re in favor of as many cardinal-tufted titmouse references as possible, generally speaking. But it was expanded in 1987 to collect information on more winter species.

To learn everything you need to know about participating in the survey – brace yourself for a long link – visit You can also donate to the project by visiting and clicking on the Backyard Winter Bird Survey link under the Birding header.

We’re not sure any birds will be on hand, but Petco is holding a meet-and-greet today at 11 a.m. where you can go and meet other people who also shop at Petco. Kidding! It’s a meet-and-greet for you to discover some cute animals you may want to adopt. If you decide you’d rather adopt a fellow shopper, those negotiations are between the two of you.

Also today, Danny Solomon will be appearing at Hermanos at 7:30 p.m., and a Specticast broadcast of Great Expectations will be held at the Capitol Center for the Arts at 7 p.m.

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