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Bird enthusiast Judd Brink of Brainerd spotted this spotted towhee Nov. 9 on the

Christmas comes early for birders


Judd Brink credits a recent Colorado snowstorm for a pre-Christmas Bird Count gift of a lifetime.

Or, more specifically, a “life bird.”

Brink, owner of MN Backyard Birds birdscaping in Brainerd and an avid birder, was refilling bird feeders for a customer Nov. 9 on the east side of Gull Lake when he spotted an unusual bird near the feeders.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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