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8 hours ago, Duffman said:

Swans from last weeks dog walk.

No other migrants yet, local mallards and geese on the swamp.

 

 

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Trumpeters. Look at the beautiful black bills.

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went down to Sauk Centre this morning, seen trumpeter swans!!!  about 2 dozen!!!  and red tailed hawks every where!!! still no sand hill cranes yet...

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Sounds like spring outside now. I can hear robins but no sighting yet, and the cardinals are calling too. Beautiful sounds that give me a pick me up in the morning. 

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Yesterday was good day to be out and about looking for birds up here in Ely. Trumpeter Swan, Canada Geese, Greater White-fronted goose, Goldeneye duck and a Red-winged black bird. 

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On 3/24/2020 at 8:08 PM, chaffmj said:

Here are some pics I took last week of some of the birds on our deck feeders.

 

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Red breasted nuthatch with the purple finch.

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Male goldfinch.

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Purple finch.

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Hey!!🙄 I might not always no where I'm at but I'm never lost!!😁 sweet pictures by the way!👍

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Any word on Orioles heading north yet? I'm still a sterile bird void at my feeders. 

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44 minutes ago, Hawg said:

Any word on Orioles heading north yet? I'm still a sterile bird void at my feeders. 

Usually first part of may they get here. Tons of finches here yet. And juncos and the regular wood peckers. Hopefully see some cool new ones soon. 

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4 hours ago, eyeguy 54 said:

Gotta love the wood peckers 

from the smallest one to the big ones too!!!

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On 4/4/2020 at 9:27 AM, eyeguy 54 said:

Gotta love the wood peckers 

 

How about turkey vultures, does anybody love these guys? 

 

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we just had a bluebird checking out the houses!!!!!!!!!

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On 4/5/2020 at 5:59 PM, chaffmj said:

 

 

How about turkey vultures, does anybody love these guys? 

 


About as much as mosquitoes!  Yep, already getting buzzed. 😡

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