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Loons begin to migrate toward south and eastern coastal waters at the end of September. Those that hesitate in the process often feed aggressively in our local waters, sometimes accidentally taking an anglers offering. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

State bird drives fall anglers 'looney'

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Minnesota's state bird, the loon, is beautiful, majestic, and sometimes annoying to anglers once fall arrives.

Yes, the bird that we admire, with its solid bones that allow it to dive but make it difficult to fly, legs positioned too close to its rear so it can't effectively walk on land and haunting call that reminds us all of warm summer days, sometimes becomes a pest once the leaves start to fall.

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Yet in the loons' defense, it's not their fault.

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