Hanging Bird Feed

 Mountain ash berries, such as the ones shown above, are ripe all across northern Minnesota. I came across these near the top of the "rock knob" at Duluth’s Hartley Park on Sunday morning. They are a favorite food of cedar waxwings, and I imagine other species use them, too. I didn’t see any waxwings working…
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Quiet At Hawk Ridge

This time of year, on the right kind of day, several thousand hawks could pass over Hawk Ridge in East Duluth. I was up there this morning and a scant six sharp-shinned hawks had been through. That’s because hawks are more apt to be cruising over Hawk Ridge on days with westerly winds, northwest being…
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This’ll Quack You Up

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports today that hunters who try to call the number listed on materials with this year’s federal duck stamp may be surprised. The toll-free number takes them to a phone-sex service. The correct phone number, 1-800-STAMP24, is for people wishing to order more duck stamps. However, a couple of numbers were…
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The Bear Hunt

Minnesota’s bear hunt opened Monday, and it had to be one of the hottest bear openers in several years, with temperatures up in the mid- to upper 80s. Bears don’t like to move much in that kind of weather. And if you shoot a bear in that kind of weather, it requires all the care…
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At The Cabin

    Lying back on a hammock and patio chairs, the four of us stare up at a sky perforated with pinpoints of light. The Big Dipper. The North Star. Cassieopia. And across the top, like a hazy cummerbund, the Milky Way.     It’s the last day of August, the middle night of the Labor Day weekend. We’re…
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