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Juvenile mourning doves are staying close to home even after hatching more than 20 days ago. KEITH CORLISS/FORUM NEWS SERVICE

Observing nature without leaving the yard

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On Monday I went to see a friend of mine who lives on a beautiful piece of rural property near Felton, Minn. In the minutes spent catching up and visually taking in his garden and yard, I marveled at the diversity of bird species present. With little effort I noted 23 species in less than an hour. Of those, 21 are likely nesting there.

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