Posts tagged ‘fargo’

Isn’t it getting late for this?

Posted September 28th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

Just eight days ago we ran across a family of wild turkeys scampering through a residential area south of Fargo. The 16 youngsters looked to pretty darned young. I have only one question: Do turkeys pull off two broods here? I’m not sure. Most young turkeys are full grown by this time and nearly indistinguishable [...]

Hey mom, watch this!

Posted September 10th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

Labor Day morning was quiet and calm and begged for a walk in the park. I did just that. Not much in the way of birds were to be found in Fargo’s Oak Grove park this day but a curious sight on the Minnesota side of the Red River caught my eye. Fully 100 feet [...]

Fargo under siege

Posted September 10th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

A siege of herons that is. And I don’t mean in the classic blockade sense. The term siege, after all, is also the collective noun describing a group of herons. In this photo taken at the Fargo sewage treatment lagoons are no less than 16 great blue herons. This is quite possibly the most I’ve ever seen [...]

Multiple threats

Posted August 10th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

A concept military folks are familiar with. And surely it occurs in nature too. I just happened to stumble upon just such a scenario last weekend. I was just north of Fargo when I saw a great blue heron standing on a berm near the city’s lagoons. I knew it was a long way off and [...]

Unlikely home

Posted July 28th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

I and another guy roamed an area of northwest Cass County on Sunday looking for shorebird spots or any other birds of interest. A couple miles from the county line and near a paved county road stood a small copse of cottonwood trees bordering cultivated land. In those trees was an active great blue heron rookery. [...]

What’s for dinner?

Posted July 21st, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

There’s a reason I find so many carcasses of birds associated with water on the roof of our work place. The Fargo peregrine falcons, I believe, readily hunt the waste water lagoons. And why not? Even in the middle of a slow summer day there is plenty at the smorsgasbord to choose from. I happen [...]

A better view

Posted July 21st, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

After looking at the less-than-desirable photo I had posted of the dickcissel I decided a better one was needed. Sunday I got just that–not great but better. Yes, it was in the same place I had heard it days before near the Fargo landfill.

Ever seen this before?

Posted July 21st, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

I haven’t. In the mostly urban area in and around Fargo there is really little habitat for shorebirds, at least for nesting. What’s here is so close to development that very few birds can tolerate the disturbance. There are killdeer of course. They are everywhere. Then there’s spotted sandpipers. It’s less numerous than killdeer but seen [...]

Snatch the pebble from my hand

Posted July 6th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

So requested Master Po of Kwai Chang Caine in the introduction to the TV show Kung Fu. Po referred to his student (played by David Carradine) as "grasshopper." This is a pretty weak literary transition I’ll admit. But Saturday morning I was finally able to locate a singing grasshopper sparrow after looking for it in many places in [...]

Cardinals in Fargo?

Posted June 23rd, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

Yes. But it still surprises the uninformed to find that out. There are about a dozen pairs–give or take–in and around the Fargo area, and most presumably nest here. Granted we are on the ragged northeastern edge of this quite common Eastern bird’s range but they are indeed here and have been for decades believe it or not. [...]