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BIRDWATCHING

Since coming to the University of North Dakota in 2019, the birdwatcher and aspiring wildlife photographer has taken his passion to a new level, exploring Grand Forks and the surrounding area with keen ears, keen eyes and a Nikon camera with a very large lens, to observe and photograph birds.
From Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, birdwatching enthusiasts in communities across North America and beyond gather to count and identify as many bird species as they can find on a given day within a designated 15-mile radius known as a count circle. This year marks the 121st anniversary of the Christmas Bird Count.
Throughout the COVID pandemic, many people who find themselves home during the day have turned to bird feeding as a hobby. Here are some tips to keep birds visiting your feeders in the winter.
On the evening of Aug. 24, Steve Kolbe counted an estimated 20,000 nighthawks heading south over eastern Duluth.

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Including two parasitic jaegers. Read more at a href"http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/pages/samcook">Outdoors with Sam Cook/a>.

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