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BIRDWATCHING

Grand Forks has its share of mourning doves, though not so many in my immediate neighborhood.
Bobolinks are small birds, but they are quite conspicuous and pretty nearly unmistakable. They appear black, but a brilliant yellow patch stands out on the back of the head and nape of the neck.
Grackles are aggressive against other birds, and they are nest robbers. Yet still, I find them attractive birds.
My new binoculars allowed me to inspect the chipping sparrow from chestnut-colored cap to unstreaked breast and dark tail.

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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
Only a few warbler species nest here. The yellow warbler is one of these.
Cormorants probably share some of their fate with crows and ravens. All of these birds are big and black, birds of ill omen in folklore.
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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.

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The boom in birding has brought a publishing boom, as well, including 2 books aimed at emerging enthusiasts.
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.

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