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Last week my wife Carolyn and our friend Joan went to Monticello to see the trumpeter swans at Swan Park. Carolyn and I had been there several times before over the years but Joan had never been there or even heard of it before. Swan Park is an area in Monticello on Mississippi Drive overlooking the...Read More
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There are few things that excite a Minnesota birder more than a trip to “the bog,” as we call it. I’ve been there quite a few times in the last few years including three times last winter. The bog is located between Hibbing and Duluth up Interstate 35W from the Twin Cities and left on Highway ...Read More
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On the way home from an early movie the other day around 1 p.m. I got a call from my friend, Travis. Travis is an avid birder and photographer and we often share our bird finds with each other. In his call this time he reminded me that he often takes his camera on his lunch breaks to a nearby cemete...Read More
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When I saw on the Minnesota Ornithological Union’s website that there was a Rufous Hummingbird spotted down near Le Sueur, Minnesota I was immediately intrigued. The only hummingbird that I had ever seen in Minnesota was the Ruby Throated. I had noticed on the Ornithological Union’s checklist (u...Read More
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For the last 10 years my wife Carolyn and I have gone at least once a year to Hawk Ridge and on several occasions more than once. Hawk Ridge is located along Skyline Drive east and north of downtown Duluth and is one of the premier raptor observation areas in the world. People from all over the Uni...Read More
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Many birders keep yearly lists and lifetime lists, and I’m no exception. Many birders have birds that their friends can find and see but they cannot, and I’m no exception. One such bird for me has been the Virginia rail, which belongs to a group of birds known as rails, gallinules and coots....Read More
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I read many times the much loved book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, and saw the movie as well. I would never try to kill a mockingbird but for the last few years I’ve made repeated attempts to find one with no luck. The northern mockingbird, while common in the southern latitudes and ...Read More
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