STAFF BLOG OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Big day at Hawk Ridge; another coming?
Just a quick heads-up. More than 5,000 raptors were counted at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory on Monday, according to Debbie Waters, education director at Hawk Ridge. That's by far the largest count of t... Posted on 9/13/10 at 7:14 PM
The Christmas Bird Count is a program of the National Audubon Society. According to its website, the nationwide count was initiated in 1900 as an alternative to the popular practice of Christmas Side Hunts, during which hunters would form teams and spend the day hunting. At dusk, the team that had slain the most animals would win. Conservationist Frank Chapman proposed the bird census as an alternative, and the practice has been popular ever since.
Photo by Jim Lind
Drivers along Third Street in Two Harbors last week may have wondered what all the commotion near Second Avenue was about. This Inca Dove, barely bigger than a sparrow, flew through local birder Jim Lind's backyard on October 30 and it has remained in the neighborhood for at least a week. This is the first-ever Inca Dove record for Minnesota, and dozens of birders from across the state have come to see the bird. Inca Doves are normally found in the southwestern U.S. and Central America, but they occasionally wander far out of range during the fall migration.
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