Just a follow-up on mystery bird X2. Make that X3 now. I saw one again this morning, sitting on a sign. First thing I checked out: definitely a raptor bill, not a woodpecker. Second, verify the solid light brown head and chest. So I'm back to the "mystery" part of this bird.
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Speaking of signs, I'm loving a billboard I see in Forest Lake along the freeway. It says, "Don't text and drive. We can wait."
It's sponsored by a local funeral parlor.