[mou] Bagley Farm Report-long
northernflights at charter.net
Fri Apr 4 21:07:19 CDT 2008
It's been a glorious week down on the farm in up-north Minnesota.
Snow is making a hasty retreat and has been replaced by flooded
ditches, muddy roads and newly opened creeks and rivers. Yesterday we
collected about 90 gallons of sap from the 81 maple trees we helped
some friends tap. It's looking like a great run. While out in the
Sugar Bush we were serenaded by the drumming of Ruffed Grouse
Sunday (4/30) at 8 AM, the first A. Robin appeared. It flew to the
top of a birch sapling stuck in the brush pile near the feeders and
surveyed the yard for all of 40 seconds. It was not impressed and
left. Happily, others finally arrived today and have found the
sloppy, muddy mess that is our yard much to their liking. Last Sunday
also brought the first returning Purple Finch of the season (2 dozen)
and a single Junco. As of today Juncos have increased to about 4
dozen, P. Finch numbers are holding steady and the feeders continue
to satisfy ravenous hordes of A. Goldfinch and C. Redpoll. A single
Fox Sparrow foraged under the Lilac most of the morning.
Owls!- Northern Saw Whet, Great Horned and Barred have all been
calling here this week. The Saw Whet starts in at 8 PM and seems to
be calling continuously, at least until 1 AM. Last night he moved
from the wetland depression/balsam area on the neighbors property to
somewhere near the site where I have offered a nest-box. Keeping my
fingers crossed that he likes it and finds a mate who approves.
Today there were many FYO birds found in Clearwater county.
In Bagley, on the Clearwater River:
Great Blue Heron-1
In the Mosquito Creek WMA, south of Bagley, along Stockyard Road:
Raptors for today:
The middle of Nowhere is Somewhere!
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