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February 3, 2016
Last seen just eight hours before the official start of Fargo-Moorhead’s Christmas Bird Count, this first-year male Scarlet Tanager just missed being a state CBC record. Photo by Shirley McCaslin
Flight Lines: Scarlet Tanager comes oh-so-close to a record
February 3, 2016 - 4:00am
January 20, 2016
This rare ivory gull is about the 12th one found in Minnesota since 1948. There are no records from North Dakota. Photo by Dean Riemer
Flight lines: Chasing rare birds
January 20, 2016 - 5:03am
November 25, 2015
A tiny cackling goose (top) is seen with Canada geese on a pond in Rapid City, S.D. Its stubby bill, short neck and diminutive statute is evident. Photo by Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Small visitors not Canadas; or something that declares a similar theme
November 25, 2015 - 12:49am
November 18, 2015
A bold face of acorn woodpeckers are a common sight in the drier areas of our Southwest, where the birds stash acorns by stuffing them into pre-drilled holes. Keith Corliss photo
Flight Lines: Animals, birds also store food
November 18, 2015 - 9:46am
October 28, 2015
Horned larks might be the most abundant birds in the state during summer. Some remain during the winter months but are always found away from town. Or almost always. Photo by Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Rarity not simply defined; Uncommon depending on circumstance; Defining rara avis
October 28, 2015 - 1:43am
October 14, 2015
Birders turn their eyes to the sky recently during the Hawk Weekend Festival in Duluth. Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Fall is hawk watching time; raptors counted across the continent
October 14, 2015 - 3:08am
September 23, 2015
Dogbane turns yellow under burned trees on the trail up Colorado’s Mount McConnel. Photo by Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Will we even miss the outdoors someday?
September 23, 2015 - 5:33am
September 9, 2015
Despite similar behavior, no North American hummingbird has striping like this White-lined Sphinx Moth, making the visual distinction between the two fairly straightforward. Photo by Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: That ‘hummingbird’ might actually be a Sphinx moth
September 9, 2015 - 4:27am
August 26, 2015
Northern paper wasps are commonly found near human habitation where wood is available for nest construction. Photo by Keith Corliss.
Flight Lines: Little to fear in local fauna
August 26, 2015 - 3:02am
August 5, 2015
Documentation of observations, such as this photo of a rare boreal owl in north Fargo in March 2013, might very well serve a purpose yet unknown far into the future. Photo by Keith Corliss
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Flight lines: ‘Discoveries’ often when natural history recorded
August 5, 2015 - 4:56am
July 15, 2015
Despite their darting behavior, a diligent observer should be able to eventually pick out the dark “bowtie” on the front of bank swallows in flight, as shown on the middle of these three birds. Photo by Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Swallows are all around us
July 15, 2015 - 1:46am
June 24, 2015
Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival attendees enjoy a sunrise and grassland birds in Kidder County recently. Keith Corlissplay button
Flight Lines: Annual festival more than just birds
June 24, 2015 - 5:55pm
June 3, 2015
Likely the most numerous of the migrant wood-warblers in our area, the yellowrumped warbler is also the first of the Parulidae family to arrive every spring. Photo by Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: That magical migratory moment in May
June 3, 2015 - 12:20am
May 18, 2015
A peregrine falcon gets banded in 2005 at Bank of the West in Fargo. Forum file photo
Flight Lines: Bird banding helps research
May 18, 2015 - 3:17pm
April 21, 2015
This American crow quietly stood vigil in a tree while its mate foraged in a nearby farm field last weekend near north Fargo. Crows are very social birds and are rarely found alone.play button
Flight Lines: American crow couple familiar
April 21, 2015 - 9:11pm