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Monarchs are perfectly fine bird substitute

A walk in a western Hennipen County prairie Wednesday produced no birds, but dozens of Monarch butterflies feeding on Blazing Star blossoms. 

Hummingbirds fight for feeder rights

One hummingbird often stakes a claim on a feeder, defending it vigorously against all comers. It's usually males that do this, both adults and juveniles establishing a feeding territory in air space near the feeder. The bird on the left in the first photo is upsidedown in its haste to get away. These are Ruby-throated Hummingbirds moving south, leaving us behind until next May.

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