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October 21, 2014
Black rosy-finch is an alpine species not seen locally but is one of a surprisingly few true finches to be found in North America. Photo by Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Sorting out bird species an ongoing process
October 21, 2014 - 4:06pm
October 7, 2014
Flutter, a monarch butterfly cared for by Dave and Annie Samson of West Fargo, sips apple juice from a finger in this 2010 photo. Dave Samson found the late-season monarch in his yard and took it inside his home, where it lived for four months. He said Flutter would sometimes sit on 
his finger for an hour. Photo by David Samson
Flight lines: ‘House butterfly’ Flutter flew into West Fargo home, hearts
October 7, 2014 - 11:09am
August 19, 2014
A lone black-necked stilt, right, is seen near an American avocet in this photo taken near Fargo in spring 2013. Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Lanky shorebird a delight to find anywhere
August 19, 2014 - 3:11pm
August 5, 2014
Sanderlings pass through our area twice a year during their long-distance migration. This adult is on its way to southern South America for the winter. Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Shorebird stories are almost mythical
August 5, 2014 - 4:25pm
July 9, 2014
Panellus stipticus is one of 65 species of bioluminescent fungi in the world, according to the National Science Foundation. Photo by Ylem
Flight Lines: Night-lights from natural sources
July 9, 2014 - 1:53pm
June 24, 2014
Savannah sparrows constitute one of several similar-sounding grassland species. Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Understated sparrows synonymous with prairie
June 24, 2014 - 3:22pm
May 27, 2014
One of the earlier arriving neotropical migrants every spring, even palm warblers were piling up locally in big numbers waiting for warmer weather and the emergence of insects. Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Migrant birds savor warmth, too
May 27, 2014 - 9:18pm
May 14, 2014
Learning songs can be helpful in myriad ways, including distinguishing Eastern Towhees from Spotted Towhees (seen here). Eastern Towhees will sing “drink-your-tea,” while Spotted Towhees usually shorten it to “your tea.”  Keith Corliss
Birding more than watching
May 14, 2014 - 9:47am
April 29, 2014
Reddish overall with a heavily streaked breast, Fox Sparrows are welcome spring arrivals. Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: In defense of the lowly sparrow
April 29, 2014 - 3:58pm
April 15, 2014
Bald eagles have become a common sight in Cass County the past several years, particularly in late March and early April during spring migration. Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Nation’s symbol has rebounded well from mid-century low
April 15, 2014 - 3:37pm
March 18, 2014
All Horned Larks share a rather bland back color but vary broadly in specific facial characteristics according to geographical region. Its black "horns," though, are evident in all populations. This one was photographed outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: The most common bird no one knows
March 18, 2014 - 5:35pm
March 4, 2014
Above: This Swallow-tailed Kite stuck around the Mitchell, South Dakota area for many days in 2007. Corey Ellingson
Below: Gray Hawks cavort over southern Arizona; an attractive raptor but not quite the author's favorite. Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Picking favorites not an easy task
March 4, 2014 - 2:34pm
February 18, 2014
A pulsing of rustling leaves led to the sighting of this uncommon Spotted Towhee last spring. Keith Corliss
Learning by doing: a formula for the budding bidder
February 18, 2014 - 4:00pm
February 4, 2014
Mid to late winter marks the lowest point of the year for overall bird numbers. Is this year even worse than normal? Keith Corliss
Flight lines: Reports of low bird numbers hard to quantify
February 4, 2014 - 4:55pm
January 21, 2014
Much can be determined by the structure of a bird's bill. The sharply hooked bill of this Sharp-shinned Hawk indicates its use for ripping into flesh. Keith Corliss
For birds, it's all about the bill
January 21, 2014 - 11:31am