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Continued: Barbara & Margaret: Birds of a feather

That sighting was in 1990, at West Point, N.Y., when Barbara's husband, Ted, was on a sabbatical.

Margaret documents their discoveries in her "Bird Lover's Journal."

Barbara, who grew up on a farm in Thief River Falls, keeps her own journal with notes and sketches.

The mother of four and grandmother of five, Barbara led the Minneapolis Audubon Society for many years.

At Wood Lake, they trek down to the partially icy path.

"I don't hear any woodpeckers," Barbara says, trying not to be disappointed. "I don't see any chickadees."

They continue, often shoulder-to-shoulder.

Then Barbara looks up and stops. A great horned owl and then, remarkably, a second, are revealed.

"Well, that is success!" Barbara says, beaming, as she and Margaret head back to the nature center to warm up.

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