Brown the bird whisperer

<I>Maxine Brown photo</I>

PENINSULA - Long Beach resident Rolland Brown was bombarded with birds last winter as he went out into his yard to fill his bird feeders. Sometimes going through as much as 20 pounds of thistle seed every couple days, Rolland and his wife, Maxine, enjoy watching goldfinches and pine siskins dine outside their living room windows.

"In the late fall, they head south out of Canada, and by the time they get here they're hungry," he explains. "I just like to feed them, they're entertaining."

Rolland says it all began with one finch sitting on his shoulder or shirt pocket. As illustrated in the photo, word must've traveled quickly within the flock.

"He has a touch with animals," adds Maxine, who says her husband has also been known to take injured birds home and nurse them back to health.

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