Early Bird Migrants Passing Through Northland Skies

Bald eagles and water fowl are among some species arriving with the warmer temperatures

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DULUTH, Minn. – With warmer weather on the way, you may start to see more birds flying through the skies around the Northland.

Bird watchers say they are already seeing some early migrants passing through, including bald eagles and some water fowl. Spring is mating and breeding season for most birds, so experts say the migration will happen in a short period of time over the next few weeks.

“You can bird all year round in other parts of Minnesota, but you’re going to be pretty restricted on what you’re going to see,” says Clinton Nienhaus, education director at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. “Here [in Duluth] we have the benefit of the lake that keeps everything a little bit warmer, which means in some cases we’ll have water fowl that might stay like Canadian geese and mallards, we’ll have them stay all year.”

Nienhaus says Canal Park and up the shore near Two Harbors are good places to see a variety of birds this time of year.

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