[mou] Horned Grebes, etc/Otter Tail Co

Dan & Sandy Thimgan thimgan at digitaljam.com
Mon Apr 23 20:51:12 EDT 2007

At least 12 Horned Grebes are easily seen on Battle Lake (between the
Shoreline Café and the in-town public access) in central Otter Tail County.

Also, since the icy stranglehold on spring relaxed this last week, suddenly
the lakes are ice-free and warm weather has ushered in a nice influx of

In the last couple of days, we've seen good numbers of Yellow-rumped
Warblers.  "New" sparrow species are Field, Swamp, and White-throated
Sparrows.  Also, there has been a nice variety of ducks at the Battle Lake
Treatment Ponds.

We cringed when we heard the loud, sickening thump of a window strike in our
sun room today.  A moment later,  we spooked a Cooper's Hawk who was in the
process of efficiently collecting and airlifting his stunned prey (an
unidentified black bird) out of the yard.  Another Wild Kingdom moment!

Dan & Sandy Thimgan
Otter Tail County
Battle Lake MN

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