RURAL REFLECTIONS Letter to Dave
We got our rain after your fields took what they needed, plus a
little extra. It seems whatever rain crosses Carrington, North Dakota
ends up here, Dave. We've had a about two and a quarte... Posted on 6/17/12 at 5:40 AM
STAFF BLOG IN THE SPIRIT They say "phee-bee," I hear "sweet-tee."
I'mnot as avid a bird watcher as some, but I do like to spy on the wrens who for the past few years have built a nest inside the hollow crossbow of our clothesline pole. The bed sheets have mainly gon... Posted on 6/9/11 at 9:43 AM
Little birds make up a big part of the bird world — perhaps the biggest part. I don’t know for sure, but probably half of all bird species are smaller than robins — and robins aren’t exactly large birds.
A flood-control impoundment southeast of here has proven to have a benefit water managers never anticipated. The four-square mile Agassiz Valley Water Resource Management Project also has become a haven for birds — and the people who watch them.
The horned lark is always an early sign of spring, but it is not always a sure one. Horned larks show up along rural roads in the Red River Valley just about the time the snow begins to recede and the ground begins to appear. Most years, I notice the first horned larks about the middle of February.
Out walking the other day, I flushed a big flock of small birds — easily the most individual birds I’d seen so far this winter. The birds were feeding along County Road 33, and as I approached, they lifted, wheeled and drifted away, settling in a stubble field, which was almost snow-free in what had been an open winter.
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