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March 22, 2014 MLB (Major League Baseball) Regular Season starts
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April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday   
April 14, 2014 Passover begins at sundown
April 15 Tax Day 
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April 16, 1867 Happy Birthday Wilbur Wright, one of The Wright brothers!  April 16, 1867
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April 21, 2014 Boston Marathon
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5571 140405  "Nature Notes"
04/05/2014  Pete, an experienced birder - He is able to identify birds by ear - , kindly led a birding (nature) walk for us. We're looking for barred owls. But no luck today! 
Barred Owl is right at the top of our wish listNote: "Pete, Thank so much for your help and time."
Birding @ Springbrook Nature Center*, Three Rivers Park District: Elm Creek Park Reserve, and other places   
*  We've never visited before.
Park trails have lots of snow due to around 10 inches of snowfall Thursday night into Friday, April 4, 2014. We saw cross-country skiing tracks and snowmobile tracks on trails.

Birds which we spotted: Bald Eagle, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker^, Red-bellied Woodpecker^ (calls), Pileated Woodpecker^ (calls, drumming), White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee (calls), American Coot*, Hooded Merganser*, Mallard+ (calls), Wood Duck*, Canada Goose+ (calls), Ring-billed Gull*, Great Blue Heron* ^, American Crow* (calls), Rock Pigeon, Red-winged Blackbird* ^(calls), Cedar Waxwing+, Robin+ (calls), Purple Finch* #, Fox Sparrow* ^(calls), Bald Eagle, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal (calls), American Kestrel ?.
Osprey nest (nobody home yet)
Snowy Owl*, Turkey
^, American Kestrel# ^

* Migratory Birds; + Migrate or Stay here in Minnesota year-round; otherwise Stay year-round
# We've never seen before
^ First-of-Season sighting

Mammals: Red Squirrel, Fox Poop?

Plants: Aspen catkins, Pussy Willow flowers, Dogwood (bright red), Juniper, Lichens

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04/03/2014  Cormorant*
04/02/2014  a Red-tailed Hawk? (or Peregrine Falcon*?), American Crows, European Starlings
04/01/2014  a Killdeer*
03/30/2014  Dark-eyed Juncos*, a Blue Jay, Chickadees, Canada Geese+, Gray Squirrels
03/29/2014  Birding Walk @ Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Birds: two Bald Eagles, a Ring-billed Gull*
^, a Turkey Vulture* ^, Mallards+, Canada Geese+, a male Wood Duck* ^, Common Mergansers* ^, Hooded Mergansers* ^, Scaups* ^, a Coot* ^, a Cedar Waxwing+ ^, a pair of Northern Harriers* feeding on two nearby muskrat lodges, a Trumpeter Swan* ^, a Song Sparrow* ^, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a female Downy Woodpecker, an American Robin+, a Brown Creeper^, American Crows*, Rock Pigeons,
Last year's Baltimore Oriole*'s nest, Cooper's Hawk* nest (could be active)?; Here is a Cooper's Hawk nest example.
Mammals: a Red Squirrel
^, a Muskrat^, many Muskrat lodges, some Beaver's activities

* Migratory Birds; +
Migrate or Stay here in Minnesota year-round; otherwise Stay year-round
# We've never seen before
^ First-of-Season sighting

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5570 140405  April 5, 2014  Peter Matthiessen, Lyrical Writer and Naturalist, Is Dead at 86  (NY Times, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, 04/05/2014; Google)
Peter Matthiessen - Wikipedia

5569 140405  Deer, UFO Sightings In 2014 Caught On Photo In Mississippi Hunting Camera Video?  (INQUISITR, 04/04/2014)

5568 140405  Michelle Rhee: Opting out of standardized tests? Wrong answer.  (Washington Post Opinions, Michelle Rhee, 04/04/2014)

5567 140405  From Washington to Westeros, how rape plays out on TV  (Washington Post Opinions, Alyssa Rosenberg, 04/04/2014)

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