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Common redpolls, so very common last winter, are few and far between this year. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer

Flight Lines: Birdlife noticeably absent this winter

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Take a look around the state at recent bird reports and a person can't help but arrive at a somewhat ho-hum conclusion: There really isn't much out there. Oh sure the usual suspects are around, the chickadees, house sparrows, woodpeckers, etc. But in terms of "good" birds - the ones which stir excitement and motivate some folks to take a drive to see them - there really is a palpable scarcity. And it's not just me.

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