Eurasion collared dove: New species on the block

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Not too many years ago, a different kind of bird began to show up in our yards. It was obviously some kind of dove, and many individuals wondered if it was a domestic pigeon or a large mourning dove. But, after a careful observation, even the most amateur bird watcher would recognize the bird as [...]

Cling to the Lord during storms of life

I heard a mocking bird the other day. I thought the mocking bird would blow away the windstorm raged so hard. During the lulls of the storm I heard the mockingbird singing as if nothing surrounded him. He could have been blown away. He could have found a safe place but he stood his ground [...]

Backyard bird count unites bird watchers

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Benna Sayyed Don Hicks hopes to connect with other area birdwatchers when the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count commences Friday. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an event that calls on birdwatchers from across the U.S. and Canada to make an official count of the of birds in North America. “I bet there are [...]

Officials hope fireworks deal with bird problem

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Alisa Boswell The fireworks set off Monday and Tuesday night in downtown were not celebration but an attempt to eradicate of a common plague in eastern New Mexico — great-tailed grackles. Portales resident and biologist Tony Gennaro and other residents approached city officials about scaring the birds off with fireworks. Several businesses on the square [...]

Thursday morning briefing: Changes at Marshall, bird hunts and following the yellow brick road

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Changes at Marshall Due to construction, Marshall Middle School will be closing the access road between the front of the school and Citizens Bank each day from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. School officials say it’s necessary for the [...]

Our view: Free speech also protects vulgar acts

Shane Boor, 35, apparently has a low opinion of the police. As he drove to work in Colorado in April, he saw a state trooper who had pulled over a car. As Boor passed by, he flipped the trooper the bird. We all know it is unlawful to assault a police officer. But is it [...]

In search of ponies: Big freeze brings pet care lessons

Sharna Johnson Earlier this week, while heading out the door for work, I noticed a frenzy of bird activity on my back porch. The flock was centered around the dogs’ bowls of half-eaten food, abandoned when they gladly traded their 20-below breakfast time for the warmth of their kennels inside. I noticed one of the [...]

Dog’s bird obsession fascinating

It’s hard to believe the energy the slumbering black dog at my feet is capable of expending. We adopted Ranger about eight months ago because his previous owner said he had a fixation toward cats and her sister’s cats were being terrorized. I’m not sure about a cat fixation but I know he goes crazy [...]

Poster contest promotes Prairie Chicken Festival

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The lesser prairie chickens will be strutting their stuff again this year in Milnesand, and artists have a chance to show off their work, too. The ninth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand is scheduled for April 16-18, and the affiliated art contest is ongoing, with [...]

Deep ocean bird spotted in Tucumcari

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Bird watchers are migrating to Conchas Lake for the rare chance to catch a glimpse of a blue-footed booby. That’s an ocean bird, for the uninitiated. First spotted Aug. 15, bird enthusiasts speculate the juvenile bird got caught up in a storm and landed in New Mexico, though park [...]