[mou] MOU Sherburne Trip Report; MN Birding Vacation (183 species)
Pastor Al Schirmacher
pastoral at princetonfreechurch.net
Mon May 19 10:45:17 CDT 2008
Enjoyed a four day birding vacation here in Minnesota from 5/14 to 5/17,
including the MOU Sherburne trip on Saturday: 183 species, 46 year birds,
27 warblers, 24 shorebirds, one state bird (Say's Phoebe). Few highlights &
* Saturday 5/17 MOU Field Trip, Sherburne Refuge
Group of 23 took a relaxed approach to this year's trip, covering
Mahnomen/Blue Hill Trails and the Auto Tour from 7:00-3:00. Highlights were
outstanding looks (trees not yet leafed out) at 22 warbler species
(including a male Bay Breasted that was breathtaking, numerous Cape Mays &
Northern Parulas, Blackburnian and Black-throated Greens, among others) -
nice views of an Olive-sided Flycatcher - Lark Sparrows - "flame on" Scarlet
Tanager - among 88 species. Auto Tour was surprisingly quiet, although wind
& rain didn't help. Group dynamics were excellent - MOU has some good
* Friday 5/16 Aitkin Trip
Covered Rice Lake Refuge, CR 5/Palisade, CR 18, 1 & 15, northern Mille Lacs
Lake. 110 species, including 18 warblers, 9 shorebirds, 7 county birds.
Highlights included Hudsonian Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, Pine Warbler
(only one in four days, in fact, only one this year to date), Black-billed
Magpie, Red-headed Woodpecker, Philadelphia Vireo, and LeConte's Sparrow
(only one on Rice Lake drive).
* Thursday 5/15 Sherburne & Mille Lacs Trip
Covered the refuge, Mille Lacs WMA, the lake, Kathio State Park and Mille
Lacs Hiking trails. 124 species, 23 warblers, only 6 shorebirds.
Highlights were a Connecticut Warbler (only one in the four days), single
Great Egret (first one of year up here), and Common Nighthawk. Good numbers
of commons; 20 warblers on Mahnomen Trail.
* Wednesday 5/14, Big Stone & Lac Qui Parle Trip
Most details have already been shared, but 132 species, including 23
shorebirds & 17 warblers made this trip very worthwhile. Say's Phoebe,
Nathan's Ferruginous Hawk, multiple Least Bitterns, Swainson's Hawks,
Western Grebe, heard Common Moorhen, American Avocet, numerous Hudsonian &
Marbled Godwits and both dowitchers made this the top day of the trip.
900 miles of driving, $205 in expenses made this a reasonable vacation
experience. Further details available upon request (not demand:).
Good birding to all!
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
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