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ALWAYS IN SEASON: Many birds announce spring season

Published 03/24/2012, Grand Forks Herald

Probably every bird lover has an idea about what species signals the arrival of spring. The western meadowlark? The American robin? The Canada goose? The tree sparrow? Good choices, all of these. I would add another. Or two. Both are species that my father showed me, and so they are among the first birds that I learned to recognize. One is the killdeer. The other is the lapwing, or kievit as it is known in Dutch.

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