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BIRDS

The bird was spotted in Carlton County, more than 1,000 miles out of range.
Our late spring is a challenge for migrating birds and frustrating for us, but it's not without its drama.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers the Merlin Bird ID app for free.
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Project would add amphitheater, seating, picnic shelter and toilets to the birdwatching hotspot.

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"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler also hears from readers on a smart tip to scare birds away from a tree and weighs in on pruning shrubs now after a hot summer.
A common merganser on Lake Bemidji has taken on at least one other brood of ducklings.
Julie Dickie is a state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator in northern Minnesota. Every year, at this time, we get many calls for birds that have struck windows. The birds are tired, and like people when we get tired, they don’t always make the best quick decisions.
Rochester birder contributed to latest edition of "Birds of Minnesota."
OSAKIS, Minn. -- “Get out,” Mike Massman hollered from within his family’s pigeon loft. “Out!”
I remember years ago, leading a group of high school students on a canoeing expedition down the Zumbro River below Silver Lake. As I looked ahead, I could see a small bird floating in the water probably 50 yards away. Thinking it would fly away from our approaching canoes, I was surprised when it took off flying straight toward me in the lead canoe, and when it got about 20 yards away, still low above the water, it just dove headfirst and disappeared.

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Each spring, I wake to the sound of a bird purring in my neighbor’s trees. Now, I know birds don’t purr, but that’s the best word I could come up with to describe the sound. It wasn’t chirping. It didn’t seem like a flirty mating song. It was a little like a throaty, thrumming hoot. Could it be an owl?
With the cold weather quickly approaching, it’s time to begin thinking about fun winter activities. And what better activity is there than helping out our feathered friends?
For many, bird songs are an added bonus to a relaxing day. But for members for the Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota, hearing Eastern bluebirds singing is a form of praise, reminding them they’ve done something right.

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