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BIRDWATCHING

The martin is the largest member of the swallow family. Like the barn swallow, it is a luminescent purple in color, but it lacks the salmon and buff trim that marks barn swallows.
My guess is that there were about 100 pelicans in total – a number dwarfed by the number of avocets wading in the slick.
The loss of two eagle chicks may seem small. The greater worry is that eagle nesting sites become fewer as shelterbelts disappear.
Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge is located about 31 miles north of Jamestown.

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The ruddy duck is a distinctive bird, but it may be one of the most often overlooked. It’s not popular with hunters.
Many species have settled into the nesting season and many others already have fledglings and chicks on the ground.
Green herons are habitat specialists. They like dank slack water and heavy cover. The coulee in the park provides exactly that.
Generally, birding is done via backyard habitats or with bird-watching groups.
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.

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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.
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

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