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Wood thrush is an uncommon bird in eastern North Dakota. This individual showed up last week in a West Fargo yard. Keith Corliss / West Fargo Pioneer

Flight Lines: Celebrated songster makes surprise appearance

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I remember the occasion vividly but couldn't recall the date; luckily I kept notes - August 19, 1995. It was back in the days when I was getting around quite a bit as a military aviator. The location was Andrews AFB in Maryland, just outside of Washington D. C. I'd had an overnight stay and was walking across a partially wooded area on my way to the BX. Then I heard it - a rich ethereal song coming out of the trees.

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