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BIRDWATCHING

Many species have settled into the nesting season and many others already have fledglings and chicks on the ground.
The bird was spotted in Carlton County, more than 1,000 miles out of range.
As the migration begins to settle down, the resident birds will begin to breed. June is often full of nest building, egg hatching and chick fledgling
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.

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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.
Though the weather this month has been full of fluctuation, it has been fun to watch the progression of spring on the prairie.
Seth Owens is a lifelong North Dakotan whose love of birds began at a very young age. He picked up photography in the spring of 2021 and now has merged those two interests.
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Birders now come from all walks of life, and each has a reason for pursuing birds. And the hobby is fast becoming a popular pastime for many Americans.
Since coming to the University of North Dakota in 2019, the birdwatcher and aspiring wildlife photographer has taken his passion to a new level, exploring Grand Forks and the surrounding area with keen ears, keen eyes and a Nikon camera with a very large lens, to observe and photograph birds.

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From Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, birdwatching enthusiasts in communities across North America and beyond gather to count and identify as many bird species as they can find on a given day within a designated 15-mile radius known as a count circle. This year marks the 121st anniversary of the Christmas Bird Count.
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.
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?

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