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August 3, 2011
A grasshopper sparrow sings its primary song from an exposed perch near the landfill. This grassy area is getting more quiet as August advances. Keith Corliss / Forum Communications Co.
Songbird vocalizations unique to each species
August 3, 2011 - 12:00am
July 6, 2011
How is it possible to mistake this great egret for a small perching bird like a loggerhead shrike? It happens. Keith Corliss / Forum Communications Co.
Flight Lines: Pitfalls of perception and expectations
July 6, 2011 - 12:00am
June 22, 2011
Flooded riparian habitat this spring provided ideal foraging ground for solitary sandpipers. Keith Corliss / Forum Communications Co.
Flight Lines: Shadowy shorebird remains an enigma
June 22, 2011 - 12:00am
June 8, 2011
Ruddy turnstones near Devils Lake were a source of source of excitement for out-of-state bird watchers who attended the Potholes & Prairies Birding Festival in Carrington last week. Keith Corliss / West Fargo Pioneer
Flight Lines: Bird festival reignites author's fervor
June 8, 2011 - 12:00am
May 25, 2011
Cape May warblers can occasionally be found along the bark of trees where the birds have a habit of sipping oozing sap. Keith Corliss / West Fargo Pioneer
Flight Lines: Boreal migrant a treat for area birders
May 25, 2011 - 12:00am
May 11, 2011
Wood thrush is an uncommon bird in eastern North Dakota. This individual showed up last week in a West Fargo yard.
Keith Corliss / West Fargo Pioneer
Flight Lines: Celebrated songster makes surprise appearance
May 11, 2011 - 12:00am
April 27, 2011
A merlin sits on a fencepost north of Fargo. This bird-eating falcon is one of a number of raptors which have taken to urban living over the past couple of decades. Keith Corliss / West Fargo Pioneer
Flight Lines: Are your pets at risk with peregrins?
April 27, 2011 - 12:00am
April 13, 2011
Snow geese by the hundreds of thousands were reported all across North Dakota last week, including these birds over West Fargo. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer
Flight Lines: A week of wonder as spring migrants invade
April 13, 2011 - 12:00am
March 30, 2011
A photo depicting a highness of royal terns, mixing with a conspiracy of black skimmers, and a tiny screech of gulls. Keith Corliss
Flight Lines: Funny and unused, archaic collective nouns
March 30, 2011 - 12:00am
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