[mou] MOU Mille Lacs Trip
Pastor Al Schirmacher
pastoral at princetonfreechurch.net
Sun Oct 14 08:43:54 EDT 2007
One wonders what makes for a good field trip: Finding the expected birds?
Numbers of species? An ID puzzle?
If so, this was not the best trip.
However, if excellent cameraderie - beautiful weather and scenery - and
unexpected species make a trip - it was a rousing success.
Certainly the highlight of the trip was the unexpected Boreal Chickadee.
No, make that two. Even better, they were found by sixth grader Ben Stubbs,
a birding star in the making. Diagnostic looks were had by all, and their
song was clearly heard as they moved south along the lake. A couple of
photos can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/10317865@N02
Other birds of interest included Snow Buntings - Lapland Longspurs -
American Pipit - Northern Pintails - single Pelican - Black-bellied Plover -
Orange-crowned and Palm Warblers - and a single Rusty Blackbird.
There may have been a Red-throated Loon present in Garrison, but no one had
a definitive look.
Good birding to all!
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
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