[mou] Mille Lacs - Harlequin, Pacific (Arctic?) Loon
Pastor Al Schirmacher
pastoral at princetonfreechurch.net
Sun Nov 16 07:52:53 CST 2008
Nathan & I circled Mille Lacs Lake yesterday. Highlights included:
* Harlequin Duck, southwest corner of the lake, first stop on 35 (frontage
road along lake). Hopefully everyone (on MOU, didn't have MNBird in his
phone) received Nathan's alert from his cell phone; glad to see others saw
it later as well. Beautiful male!
* Barrow's Goldeneye - still on Wigwam Bay, on the rocks. That makes four
weeks, if my memory serves correctly.
* 263 Tundra Swans along northern (Aitkin) side of lake; count is probably
significantly short, since whole shoreline cannot be seen.
* And, finally/mysteriously, a "Pacific Loon" at Garrison bay. This small
loon had substantial white flanks while at rest, Nathan noted a flattened
head in his scope (sure miss my Kowa); however, I thought I observed a dark,
thin necklace - we would certainly appreciate any observations by those who
might be near the lake over the next few days. Personally hate to use the
"Arctic" word with mixed observations.
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
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