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Robert O'Connor returns from a chilly walk into a field last Saturday after verifying the identification of red-winged blackbirds found north of West Fargo.

Flight Lines: Local bird watchers raise bar with highest-ever count

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Now what, Disneyland? It took until the 74th year of the Fargo-Moorhead Christmas Bird Count (CBC), but area observers finally topped the 50-species mark last Saturday. Indeed, so many birds were found that the previous record of 48 was not only surpassed, it was left in the dust. At day's end, a total of 58 species of birds were recorded, an amazing number for midwinter in the upper great plains.


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