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Birds return, spring doesn’t

April 14, 2013
Minot Daily News
Kim Fundingsland/MDN
Northern shovelers are among the many varieties of birds that have been returning to the Minot area in anticipation of spring-like weather that has yet to make a serious appearance. “It is winter wildlife in April,” said Duane Anderson, Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge, this past week. “There’s tons of birds all over the place — meadowlarks, robins. They are here but spring is not.” Shovelers are one of the most colorful species of all waterfowl, particularly in spring plumage. They are easily identified by their large spoon-like bill which they hold at a downward angle while swimming. Shovelers use their broad bill to siphon invertebrates out of the water when feeding.


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