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March 16, 2011
The song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) is one of the most variable birds in America with 24 different subspecies recognized by scientists. This individual, photographed in Oregon, contrasts sharply with the subspecies adapted to our area.
Flight Lines: With time, everything changes and adapts
March 16, 2011 - 12:00am
March 2, 2011
Tyler and Callie, Dave and Annie Samson's nephew and niece, play with Flutter, a male monarch butterfly rescued last October, in the Samson home in West Fargo. David Samson/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Lonely insect touches lives of many
March 2, 2011 - 12:00am
February 16, 2011
The gray (or Hungarian) partridge, a bird native to Eurasia, has survived introduction into areas of the Great Plains to the benefit of bird hunters.
Flight Lines: World an ever-changing place, transmigration constant
February 16, 2011 - 12:00am
February 2, 2011
This extremely dark house sparrow appears to be covered in soot, even on its beak and legs.
Flight Lines: Resisting the rigors of winter; behaviors meant to survive cold
February 2, 2011 - 12:00am
January 19, 2011
Hillsboro's Rosalie Anderson leafs through her treasured National Geograpic bird field guide recently in her apartment.
Flight Lines: Hillsboro woman has a passion for birds
January 19, 2011 - 12:00am
January 5, 2011
A light-morph juvenile or sub-adult rough-legged hawk as seen earlier this fall. This individual still displays characters common to others: A bold dark belly band and dark patches at the wing "wrists."
Flight Lines: Rodents beware, rough-legged hawks in area
January 5, 2011 - 12:00am
December 22, 2010
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
December 22, 2010 - 12:00am
December 8, 2010
With verified sightings from Montana, Manitoba, Minnesota, and South Dakota, a glimpse of a curve-billed thrasher in North Dakota is overdue. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Ten species to watch for in this decade
December 8, 2010 - 12:00am
November 24, 2010
A typical view of an eastern towhee buried in cover. Its orange flanks are evident; the black head and back verifies its sex as a male. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Towhee tests Cass County winter with brief visit
November 24, 2010 - 12:00am
November 10, 2010
Due to shortening days, whitetail jackrabbits are undergoing a dramatic change in appearance which will turn the animals' coats a snowy white. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Speed and camouflage, hallmarks of the jack
November 10, 2010 - 12:00am
October 27, 2010
Nature often reveals its hidden secrets -- such as this green darner (Anax junius) dragonfly hiding in a bur oak tree -- to those with a measured approach. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Learning the value of patience and going slow
October 27, 2010 - 12:00am
October 13, 2010
A dark-phased red-tailed hawk is seen soaring over Clay County last weekend. This type is more typically encountered in the far west and only seen locally during migration. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Variations abound for this red-tailed hawk
October 13, 2010 - 12:00am
September 29, 2010
A female purple finch (left) and a likely immature male showed up in a West Fargo yard on September 4. The deeply notched tail of the adult bird is another indicator to separate purple finch from the more common house finch.
Flight Lines: Purple finch, the one 'supposed' to be here
September 29, 2010 - 12:00am
September 15, 2010
Goldenrod galls can be easily seen almost anywhere the plants are numerous. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Fishermen and woodpeckers share secret
September 15, 2010 - 7:57am
September 1, 2010
A rare barn owl--likely a female--roosts alone in an ash tree along the edge of Petersburg, N.D., last weekend, waiting for nightfall to feed. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: Night stalker among the natural beauties
September 1, 2010 - 12:00am
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