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Anna Martineau Merritt of Misty Pine Photography sent the News-Chronicle photos of these two birds, usually spotted during winter months. The snowy owl is sometimes seen in Minnesota although it's more common to our northern neighbor, Canada. The black-capped chickadee, once voted Minnesota's favorite bird in a Department of Natural Resources poll, is much more common. Its call is familiar to most Minnesotans. Photos: Anna Martineau Merritt

Bird is the word for some this Christmas

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Jim Lind of Two Harbors remembers when he first got into birding. His dad used to feed birds at their cabin, and the little creatures sparked his interest. So he went to the Two Harbors Public Library and picked up a book on birds.

The passion never waned, and now that he's an adult he's the director of the Christmas Bird Count in Duluth and Two Harbors.

"It's a social event for a lot of birders, it's kind of a highlight of the year," Lind said.

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