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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
January 7, 2014
Hens peck for food in an enclosure in Catalina, Ariz. Submitted photo by Bubba Schwartz
Flight Lines: Keeping hens, more than just a food source
January 7, 2014 - 1:31pm
December 31, 2013
Raptors, such as this Great Horned Owl, tend to display a pose known as “mantling” once prey is seized. It’s a way for them to cover or conceal their meal from potential rivals.
Rare visitor becomes prey
December 31, 2013 - 9:27am
December 24, 2013
This Brown Thrasher made an appearance in Jim Rauch's West Fargo yard December 14; only the 7th time this species has been seen during the 77 years of the Fargo-Moorhead Christmas Bird Count. Jim Rauch
Flight Lines: Area birdwatchers find 50 species (again) during annual count
December 24, 2013 - 10:40am