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Headed into North Dakota to see if I could witness the snow goose migration.  We only found about 4000 geese, but talked to one guy that said there were about 700,000 geese at this time last year in Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge.

 

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First butterfly of the year, flew along side the pickup to get my attention.  First blossom, sure sign of spring.  Fluorescent green on mallard.  Gave me a few minutes before flying off.  Great horned owl playing peek-a-boo.  Eagle wanted to play the game too.

 

Short vacation is over, now back to work.

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Little road trip to Fergus Falls last weekend to visit the egret rookery.  Fun morning and found more than just egret hanging around.  Talked to LeeKen about the purple headed mallard.  He thought it was just the way the light was hitting the head.  The two side by side and it looked like they were different color.  Any thoughts?  Little hawk was taken in Maplewood State Park on the way back home.

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