[mou] Nemesis Bird
Pastor Al Schirmacher
pastoral at princetonfreechurch.net
Tue Oct 16 10:59:39 EDT 2007
On this rainy, dreary day in central MN (may the sun be shining and birds
flocking where you're at!), while studying for Sunday's sermon & classes,
started thinking about "nemesis" birds - both those found after years of
chasing, and those that remain.
By definition a nemesis bird must be achievable, in other words, it's not
awaiting the arrival of a trogon or seedeater in Minnesota.
For years my nemesis was the Harlequin Duck - reported with some regularity
during my years of birding in Wisconsin - but never seen despite numerous
winter trips to Lake Michigan. At times the bird was seen only minutes
earlier; no matter, it was gone upon my arrival.
I accepted a call to pastor a church in Princeton, MN, and relocated
December 2003. One of the first reports that captured my attention that
month was of a Harlequin Duck in Two Harbors, supposedly frequenting a bay.
Two Harbors was just a Yahoo search and 2.5 hour drive away, so off I went
on a Saturday morning. It took me a bit of time for this non-native to find
the lighthouse bay; as I pulled up, a single duck was floating just off
Identified without bins or scope, seemingly without effort, the nemesis was
no more - after eleven years.
Of course, in true nemesis fashion, have seen others since without
The next nemesis? Long-tailed Duck - numerous sightings & flocks in
Wisconsin, still missing from my Minnesota list.
How about you? Found, or still searching, what's your story?
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
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