[mou] Central MN Migration Update & Gull Question

Pastor Al Schirmacher PastorAl at PrincetonFreeChurch.net
Tue Apr 17 15:25:58 EDT 2007

New migrants:

* 4/17 Bonaparte's Gull & Greater Yellowlegs (Sherburne county, Princeton 
sewage ponds on CR 2 - this is late for my first yellowlegs - shorebirds are 
still light)

* 4/16 Red-necked Grebe (still present today) & Ruddy Duck (CR 2, R. Duck 
also late)

* 4/14 Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Vesper Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
and, interestingly, Carolina Wren (primarily Kunkel WMA in Mille Lacs 

Observation:  many areas in Sherburne & Mille Lacs still rather quiet - new 
migrants are "onesies and twosies" - have actually covered 11 separate areas 
since Saturday AM.

Question:  Three of the Bonaparte's/smaller gulls were high in the air, 
circling the sewage ponds.  At least one of these had very dark underwings. 
Do some Boni's in the spring have this characteristic?  Only had Sibley with 
me, which doesn't indicate same.


Al Schirmacher
Princeton, MN
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties

PS Last week's RBA indicated that the Black Vulture was seen somewhere in 
Sherburne - actually seen in Mille Lacs County along CR 12 - has not been 
seen since.  Documentation is on the MOU site. 

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