Individually, the orioles are beautiful birds. As a group, orioles are complicated and confusing — perhaps even a little mysterious. The orioles that dropped in on backyards throughout the area last week showed none of the mystery but a great deal of the beauty.
There’s a rock in a field along Grand Forks County Road 33 just east of Gilby. It’s a good-sized rock, and the landscape is pretty close to completely flat. That makes the rock a kind of landmark. It’s also an attractive perch for birds.
The bird of the week would be the Sistine seagull, except there is no such bird species. A gull — or a series of gulls — did perch on the chimney for much of the time Wednesday that the world waited for word of a new pope.
It might be rushing the season to talk about bluebird weather — but not by much. Bluebirds are early migrants, and bluebird weather refers to a fine spring day after a spell of nasty weather. Weather like we had last week.
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