It was a pretty big week in the bird world. The biggest news in our area was the unexpected appearance of a Lewis’ woodpecker. It showed up about 10 days ago at Lowell and Janet Anderson’s place in Roosevelt, Minn. The bird became a bit of a sensation.
Fall is a good time of year to see blackbirds but not such a good time to identify them. Blackbirds are abundant this time of year, with their numbers swelled by young-of-the-year. They also are obvious, because they gather in enormous flocks. Telling the species apart is a challenge, however.
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 flock of pelicans settled into Kellys Slough last week. People are often surprised to see pelicans so far inland, but at this time of year, these birds — American white pelicans — can be encountered on almost any body of water in our area.
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