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BIRDWATCHING

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Snipe noise is distinctive and unmistakable. It’s not a song, but a kind of winnowing.
The fox sparrow is among the largest of North American sparrows, and that alone draws attention.
April really is a beautiful time of year. With the large flocks of ducks and geese working across the landscape, I’ve had ample opportunity for photos. Waterfowl are my favorite, after all, so you could say I ‘dabble’ with ducks.
The boom in birding has brought a publishing boom, as well, including 2 books aimed at emerging enthusiasts.

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Our late spring is a challenge for migrating birds and frustrating for us, but it's not without its drama.
Harriers court on the wing, with birds flying side by side, then engaging in quite complicated aerial maneuvers.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers the Merlin Bird ID app for free.
The juncos that pass through the Red River Valley in the spring are northward bound, but not very far.
The first element of any plan to stop the decline of meadowlark numbers is to determine where meadowlarks occur.
Though the weather this month has been full of fluctuation, it has been fun to watch the progression of spring on the prairie.

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In other news from the bird world, a female peregrine falcon showed up late last week at the water tower on the UND campus.
This will be the 15th year that Grand Forks has had nesting peregrine falcons.
Northeastern North Dakota is at the extreme southern edge of the saw-whet range. The owl is more common in wooded areas to the north and east.

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