If you’ve ever wondered why it’s called a ring-billed gull.

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 This is how this Canada goose bids winter adieu.

This is how this Canada goose bids winter adieu.

 She talks. He says he listens.

She talks. He says he listens.

 Some purple martins had returned on April 13, others on April 14. No flying insects for them to eat. I saw no martins yesterday.

Some purple martins had returned on April 13, others on April 14. No flying insects for them to eat. I saw no martins yesterday.

 White eyebrow indicates this is a female purple finch, not house finch.

White eyebrow indicates this is a female purple finch, not house finch.

 A pelican sporting a nuptial tubercle.

A pelican sporting a nuptial tubercle.

 Blue jays and peanuts go together like peanuts and blue jays.

Blue jays and peanuts go together like peanuts and blue jays.

 Perched on the top of a tree, this junco couldn’t help but wonder how deep the snow was.

Perched on the top of a tree, this junco couldn’t help but wonder how deep the snow was.

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There are things in Oklahoma that are willing to stick you with something other than the bill.

As an old coot myself, I’m always happy to see another old coot

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 Narcissus might have been a coot.

Narcissus might have been a coot.

 I found an oriole’s nest on the ground. The bird had used fishing line in its construction.

I found an oriole’s nest on the ground. The bird had used fishing line in its construction.

 A common grackle dressed like an oil spill.

A common grackle dressed like an oil spill.

 A grackle gives winter the look.

A grackle gives winter the look.

 I hear the Eurasian collared-dove calling all year.

I hear the Eurasian collared-dove calling all year.

 Who hasn’t tried to sleep through winter?

Who hasn’t tried to sleep through winter?

 Even in adverse weather, beauty is apparent, as in this red-winged blackbird.

Even in adverse weather, beauty is apparent, as in this red-winged blackbird.

 Immature white-crowned sparrows have brown and gray stripes on their heads instead of the white and black stripes of adults.

Immature white-crowned sparrows have brown and gray stripes on their heads instead of the white and black stripes of adults.

Happiness is a rock. Happiness rocks.

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 Winter to the left of me. Winter to the right of me. Here I am, stuck in the middle with melancholy human snowbirds who have returned from their southern homes too soon.

Winter to the left of me. Winter to the right of me. Here I am, stuck in the middle with melancholy human snowbirds who have returned from their southern homes too soon.

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Over 300,000 acres of this grass and sage brush burned in Northwest Oklahoma. I talked to distressed evacuees. It’s always something.

 More snow on a MoDo.

More snow on a MoDo.

 Winters without end can be tiring.

Winters without end can be tiring.

 A robin in what has proven to be a characteristic pose this spring.

A robin in what has proven to be a characteristic pose this spring.

 By the time I got around to fixing the weather, we’d received 19 inches of snow in April, a new record. I couldn’t be prouder.

By the time I got around to fixing the weather, we’d received 19 inches of snow in April, a new record. I couldn’t be prouder.

Hoorays from Oklahoma.

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 I found a few of these nasty sandburs on my shoelaces while I was walking across Oklahoma. They are treacherous things—the sandburs, not the shoelaces.

I found a few of these nasty sandburs on my shoelaces while I was walking across Oklahoma. They are treacherous things—the sandburs, not the shoelaces.

 A buttonball from a sycamore tree.

A buttonball from a sycamore tree.

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A pocket gopher mound.It’s a way to tell the frost is out of the ground. Unfortunately, this one was in Oklahoma, not Minnesota.

This robin has had more than three snows on its tail.

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 I’ve been imagining being that crane operator working 20 floors up in downtown Rochester, Minnesota.

I’ve been imagining being that crane operator working 20 floors up in downtown Rochester, Minnesota.

 A rabbit that is really bad at hiding.

A rabbit that is really bad at hiding.

 Every day is a parade to a squirrel.

Every day is a parade to a squirrel.

 A squirrel discovers he’s lost his wristwatch.

A squirrel discovers he’s lost his wristwatch.

 The red-bellied woodpecker has a fine looking back.

The red-bellied woodpecker has a fine looking back.

 And I think my eyebrows have gone wild.

And I think my eyebrows have gone wild.

As seen at the Hammer Museum in Haines, Alaska.

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 Billikens, good luck charms carved from Alaskan ivory.

Billikens, good luck charms carved from Alaskan ivory.

 Never trust a buffalo (bison) wearing basketball shoes.

Never trust a buffalo (bison) wearing basketball shoes.

 Wood carving of kestrel done by Josh Guge found in the Subway of the Marriott Hotel in Rochester, Minnesota.

Wood carving of kestrel done by Josh Guge found in the Subway of the Marriott Hotel in Rochester, Minnesota.

The still jolly but sick of winter Green Giant as seen in Blue Earth, Minnesota.

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 At the Hammer Museum in Haines, Alaska.

At the Hammer Museum in Haines, Alaska.

 This Canada goose was a gaggle of one when seen in Rochester, Minnesota

This Canada goose was a gaggle of one when seen in Rochester, Minnesota

 this winter has had many winters.

this winter has had many winters.

 This seat of higher learning was found at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.

This seat of higher learning was found at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.

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The Godahl Store started in 1894 and closed in 2016. This village in Minnesota was named by Norwegian immigrants—Goode Dahl meaning Good Valley. Nelson and Albin are names of local townships.

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I had the feeling I was being watched.

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The stop sign on a pine grosbeak.

 This was used to spread manure before there was fake news.

This was used to spread manure before there was fake news.

 From 1918 to 1935, Peter Rosendahl, a farmer from Spring Grove, MN, produced a Norwegian-American comic strip “Ola og Per” (“Ole and Peter”). Here are the main characters.

From 1918 to 1935, Peter Rosendahl, a farmer from Spring Grove, MN, produced a Norwegian-American comic strip “Ola og Per” (“Ole and Peter”). Here are the main characters.

 The police lineup from which I pointed out the culprit who had chewed up my new bird feeder.

The police lineup from which I pointed out the culprit who had chewed up my new bird feeder.

 Why I feel right at home in Haines, Alaska.

Why I feel right at home in Haines, Alaska.

 A statue of a birder in Salina, Kansas.

A statue of a birder in Salina, Kansas.

 They label the roads here.

They label the roads here.

Edward Hopper

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 The weather report as seen at River Bend Nature Center in Faribault.

The weather report as seen at River Bend Nature Center in Faribault.

 Taopi, Minnesota (Mower County) has a population of 58.

Taopi, Minnesota (Mower County) has a population of 58.

 One of the reasons why not many people ride bear back.

One of the reasons why not many people ride bear back.

 Old windmills, like this one in South Bend, Nebraska, enchant me.

Old windmills, like this one in South Bend, Nebraska, enchant me.

 It won’t be long.

It won’t be long.

 Have a few thoughts on me.

Have a few thoughts on me.

Not all black bears are black

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Things always look better after the snowplow has gone by a few times.

 The Dancing is for the Birds Class was not canceled due to snow.

The Dancing is for the Birds Class was not canceled due to snow.

 It’s said that a robin needs three snows on its tail before it’s truly spring. This bird’s tail has seen more snows than that.

It’s said that a robin needs three snows on its tail before it’s truly spring. This bird’s tail has seen more snows than that.

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 There I was, face-to-face with a cardinal, one of the least dangerous creatures in my yard, and all I had to defend myself with was a camera.

There I was, face-to-face with a cardinal, one of the least dangerous creatures in my yard, and all I had to defend myself with was a camera.

Driving the drive in Hibbing, Minnesota

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 Here I am birding at Sax-Zim Bog. 

Here I am birding at Sax-Zim Bog. 

 Winter in the rearview mirror.

Winter in the rearview mirror.

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 A red squirrel (also known as a chickaree, pine squirrel and fairy diddle) gives me the look.

A red squirrel (also known as a chickaree, pine squirrel and fairy diddle) gives me the look.

 A gray jay (Canada jay, whiskey jack or camp robber) eating peanut butter.

A gray jay (Canada jay, whiskey jack or camp robber) eating peanut butter.

 A popular stop for tourists at Sax-Zim Bog.

A popular stop for tourists at Sax-Zim Bog.

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 A supermarket for termites.

A supermarket for termites.