Tom Thompson of Duluth sent this picture he took while on South Padre Island in Texas earlier this month:
They grow them big in Texas, eh?
Back in the Northland, Tom caught these lovely images of a swan on White Lake last week:
“He/she didn’t stay long but it was a pleasant surprise,” Tom writes. “I would think they are showing throughout the area by now. Unfortunately, I don’t think one would stay long even if one chose White Lake to raise chicks because the speed boats and water skiers would chase them out.”
Meanwhile, I finally added a northern mockingbird to my life list. I saw it last week while I was in Atlanta, on the campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I thought it was a mockingbird, but I had to wait until I got home to my bird books to be sure. The white patches on its wings when it flew clinched it.
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