[mou] First of years, migration thoughts

Pastor Al Schirmacher pastoral at princetonfreechurch.net
Tue Apr 22 10:51:15 CDT 2008

Recent first of years:

Tuesday 4/22 - expected, Broad-winged Hawk & White-throated Sparrow - 
unexpected, Gray Catbird (all southern Mille Lacs County)

Monday 4/21 - Caspian Tern (single flyover in Sherburne Refuge)

Saturday 4/19 - Lesser Yellowlegs & Brewer's Blackbird.

Interesting April migration - many birds 7-10 days behind anticipated 
timing, few earlier than normal - latter particularly in southern Mille Lacs 
areas (Kunkel WMA, Pioneer Park, CR 12, Milaca Hiking Trails - eg, Blue-Gray 
Gnatcatcher on 4/16 at Kunkel, still listed as only one in state on MOU 

Guess migration is still 95% logical, 5% bizarre.

Good birding to all!

Al Schirmacher
Princeton, MN
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties 

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