Up close. Up VERY close.

Check out this clip from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s great blue heron nest cam. You’ll see both herons fly up to the nest, followed by up-close views. And I mean really close. It’s here:
I was pleased over the weekend to see two turkey vultures soaring overhead for the first time this spring. They are so beautiful in flight — not necessarily so attractive up close. I’ve also had male goldfinches at my thistle feeders in their bright yellow outfits for the first time this spring. My only fear is that they’re starting to push out the pine siskins. Siskins have been one of my favorite birds lately, because I can be a foot or two away and they’ll still come and feed. A pine siskin is one bird that you really do have to see up close to fully appreciate.

Your bird pictures and stories welcome at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.

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