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The flicker is a woodpecker, but it has its own habits, some of them quite different than those of its woodpecker relatives.
We saw two-thirds of the North Dakota's heron species within minutes of starting the walk. The third, which we didn't see, is the black-crowned night heron.
Margaret Rogal, author of “Field Notes,” is the great-grandniece of Elmer Judd, North Dakota’s greatest birdman.
I have been lucky to take advantage of this migration and have spent many hours bellied out on the shoreline targeting the numerous species of shorebirds that have taken a recess and a lunch break on the many potholes and sloughs of North Dakota.
“Feathers serve two primary functions: thermoregulation and flight,” David Cavagnaro wrote.
The martin is the largest member of the swallow family. Like the barn swallow, it is a luminescent purple in color, but it lacks the salmon and buff trim that marks barn swallows.

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My guess is that there were about 100 pelicans in total – a number dwarfed by the number of avocets wading in the slick.
The loss of two eagle chicks may seem small. The greater worry is that eagle nesting sites become fewer as shelterbelts disappear.
Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge is located about 31 miles north of Jamestown.

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