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By Ann Markusen
On the Mark 

Birding away the month of April

 

May 3, 2019

Photos by Ann Markusen / Pine Knot News

A white-throated sparrow perches in a second-growth forest in the Kettle Lake woods earlier this week.

"April is the cruelest month," T. S. Elliot penned in his masterpiece, "Four Quartets." When I moved back to Minnesota in 1999, my brother warned me that November, March and April were the worst for outdoors lovers. But I've found my consolations: ice skating and trail clearing in November and spring cross-country skiing in March and April.

April is the month that great birding commences. Northwestern Carlton County hosts wonderful viewing sites during April waterfowl and May warbler and shorebird migrations. Our lakes, rivers and swamps offer safe harbor. I imagine these travelers looking...



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