[mou] Central MN Update, as migration wanes....
Pastor Al Schirmacher
pastoral at princetonfreechurch.net
Thu May 31 09:53:51 CDT 2007
101 (99 personal) species for the week in Sherburne, Mille Lacs and a bit of
* Very few waterfowl, although nesting Trumpeter Swans in Sherburne Refuge
are always a crowd pleaser (check both the back of Blue Hill and also the
Prairie Wildlife Auto Tour)
* Ruffed Grouse drumming has declined, but not completely absent
* Few shorebirds, best sightings of week were two Uppies along the Auto Tour
and a single Sanderling along the St. Francis River last Saturday
* Both Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos at Kunkel WMA, Mille Lacs
* Red-headed Woodpecker, Sherburne CR 9 & 42 intersection
* Seven flycatchers, including a Willow on Kunkel WMA (if my ears are tuned
* Golden-crowned Kinglets still present on Blue Hill Trail, coniferous
* Only 11 warblers heard/seen, residents except for the Hooded and last
Saturday's Cerulean along Blue Hill Trail
* Nine sparrows, Lark seem to be everywhere in the refuge, Grasshopper very
* Dickcissel returned to Mille Lacs CR 12 this morning (two, sadly signaling
the end of migration)
* Best bird of week was Paul Johnson's White-faced Ibis on Saturday - have
not seen or heard of further sightings.
Personal misses in the state this migration season: Connecticut,
Bay-breasted and Blackpoll Warblers; Black Duck (for fourth year in row
haven't seen in either home county); Golden Eagle; American Golden-Plover &
Whimbrel; Yellow-bellied Flycatcher; Summer Tanager; Henslow's, LeConte's
and Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows; and the aforementioned Ibis - as well as
some of the more rare & exotic. What did you miss this spring?
Good birding to all!
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
(feeling an Aitkin County trip coming on - LeConte's and Connecticut are
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