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A pair of juvenile buff-breasted sandpipers are seen recently near Fargo, part of a flock of seven birds. Keith Corliss

Arctic-nesting shorebird passes by on its way to Argentina

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From a still and benign assemblage of cluttered stones, plants, and grass, a pale form moves haltingly. Soon it becomes apparent to the onlooker that this is some sort of animal. Details fill in, a head with a short black beak and black eyes, somewhat longish yellowed legs, it's an overall tan-colored critter with blacker flecks of feathering along its back.

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