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A spring American golden plover photographed near West Fargo after returning from wintering areas in southern South America.

Killdeer relative known for long-distance migration

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The nesting season is all but over for the vast majority of birds in the Northern Hemisphere. Many finished the business of gene perpetuation some months past. About a week ago, songbirds began to show movement away from territory, starting the process of migration. But for birders, the star attractions during this late summer lull have been shorebirds.

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