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BIRDWATCHING

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The flicker is a woodpecker, but it has its own habits, some of them quite different than those of its woodpecker relatives.
From hawk-shooting hotspot to hilltop birdwatching reserve, the 50th anniversary celebrates conservation victory.
We saw two-thirds of the North Dakota's heron species within minutes of starting the walk. The third, which we didn't see, is the black-crowned night heron.
Margaret Rogal, author of “Field Notes,” is the great-grandniece of Elmer Judd, North Dakota’s greatest birdman.
I have been lucky to take advantage of this migration and have spent many hours bellied out on the shoreline targeting the numerous species of shorebirds that have taken a recess and a lunch break on the many potholes and sloughs of North Dakota.
“Feathers serve two primary functions: thermoregulation and flight,” David Cavagnaro wrote.

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In some ways, the merlin is a smaller version of the peregrine. Both are falcons.
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.

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