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Thousands of birds captured on radar in north metro

Updated: August 12, 2019 05:49 AM

You've seen storms on radar, but what about a flock of birds? 

Sunday morning, radar captured thousands of birds near Bald Eagle Lake in Ramsey County.

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Because of migration patterns, many believe those birds are Purple Martins.

The birds in Minnesota have been declining in population.

Groups that follow Purple Martins hope that the radar signal is a good sign. 

"One of the biggest we had estimated at 80,000 birds," Ron Seekamp, with the Purple Martin Conservation Association, said. 

Most Purple Martins travel south to Brazil for the winter. 

 

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