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Bismarck-Mandan Bird Club

Well ... is it here? Man, it sure feels like it. These last few days of cool rains and cool temps have definitely put the fall season in focus here in the Bis-Man region. But ... is fall really a bad thing? No! Our feathered friends may be heading to warmer climes, but now is the time to get out and see some feathered friends we haven’t seen in several months.

The past couple weeks some local, large, B-52 Canada geese have taken flight since raising their young and have flown over, heading to foraging areas. The sights and sounds of the Canada geese and their flying Vs is a spectacle no human being should miss. It’s a view of Mother Nature at her finest.

Another such view is the mourning doves staging on rural utility lines and road edges. I can’t remember seeing this many mourning doves along rural areas in any years past. It must have been a great year for them! It’s great to see. It would be best for folks to get out and see these doves before they take an early hiatus to the South here in the coming weeks.

Some other birds you may want to see this time of year: the miscellaneous flocks of blackbirds. Species you may see in these large waving, streaming flocks of blackbirds include: red-winged blackbirds, yellow-headed blackbirds, common grackles, rusty blackbirds and European starlings. These incredible flocks of blackbirds seem to stream for miles at times from horizon to horizon when the “big push” is on.

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Another such nice spectacle is the migrating flocks of Franklin’s gulls. The past several weeks, we’ve observed several large flocks of gulls that I’m assuming are migrating their way south. It seems I had just seen them heading north a few, mere months ago ... our summer season is too short here! 

Lastly, one of my favorite views and sounds of fall is that of the migrating snow geese. Likely, these birds won’t be around for another month or so, but once these are here, one must get out and see them in their bounty. It’s one of the finest migrations in all of the avian world, in my eyes!

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If you have an opportunity to get outdoors in the coming weeks, I strongly urge you to do so! This is a great time to see some incredible birds and to see some of Mother Nature’s beauty in all her glory.

I wish you all a great migration season! Get out and enjoy!

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