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American Woodcock Not Hiding So Well

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While on one of the birding trips for the Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds, we visited Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. There had been a woodcock nesting right off a trail near the Nature Center. As we walked towards it, the female appeared to have moved to right on the trail. The refuge staff suspected [...]

Heron Rookery Reloaded Post Tornado

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Who knew this story would have such legs?!

As reported last month, the great blue heron rookery at North Mississippi Regional Park was completely obliterated by a tornado that went through north Minneapolis. I worked with some of my fellow National Park Rangers at MNRRA, the MN DNR and the Animal Humane Society to [...]

Heron Rookery Visit

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Here’s a follow up to yesterday’s story about the Minneapolis tornado that destroyed the great blue heron rookery at North Mississippi Regional Park.

Thanks to a lot of phone calls, my park the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, CO Todd from MN DNR and some vet techs with heron experience from the Animal Humane [...]

Minneapolis Heron Rookery Destroyed By Tornado

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This was so not how I planned to spend my Monday. Warning, not a pleasant post ahead.

I returned from Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds yesterday and on my way home, Non Birding Bill called to warn me of a possible tornado in north Minneapolis–an area I would drive through on my way to our [...]

Warblers Eating Honey

Pine Warbler

I’m in a quandary with my beehives and my love of birds.

On my way out to the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival, I stopped at Mr. Neil’s for a quick check of our new beehives and some birding. The warblers have arrived and the cool weather has forced those who arrive early in migration [...]

Honey Covered Titmouse

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This is a problem that only I could have.

Non Birding Bill and I had one of those exciting married people dates: did a little dinner, sorted some tax receipts, pretty much got down last night. While we were enjoying some sushi, my phone went off and I noticed the number was from Mr. [...]

Field Guide To Angry Birds

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Around the holidays, I finally downloaded Angry Birds. Many of my non birding friends had been telling me that I needed the game for my iTouch but I resisted. Quite frankly, I really don’t need another sedentary hobby and I know how I am with “simple games.” Where Non Birding Bill will get caught [...]

Let’s Get Weird With Honey

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Here is a curious article about an interesting hurdle faced by some urban beekeepers in Brooklyn…their honey is turning out bright red! Guess what the culprit is: Red Dye #40 from Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Company. So people who want hives in the neighborhood to contribute to the whole slow foods/locally grown/organic/natural movement are being betrayed [...]

Do You See That Pauraque?

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I’m going to start this post off with landscape shots that have a brown bird called a common pauraque in them. See if you can find the bird(s) and at the end of the post, I’ll put up the photos pointing out where they are and you can see if you were able to find [...]

Love Affair With A Green-winged Teal

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My non birding New Orleans fun is finished and I’m back in Texas to enjoy some time with friends at the Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival.

I had a brief love affair with a green-winged teal. I don’t normally get the above view of a teal. Generally, they are fleeing from our plane when [...]