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ALWAYS IN SEASON: Spring brings a profusion of birds

Published 04/28/2012, Grand Forks Herald

Writing about birds is not as easy in spring as it is in winter. This seems counterintuitive, of course, but it’s true. In winter, birds are scarce. Even a diligent search such as the one conducted on the Grand Forks Christmas Bird Count can turn up only 50 species or so. Some of those are unusual, and worth writing about. By contrast, any day last week might have produced 50 species, given a bit of effort, and even without effort, every day seems to produce a new species.

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